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4,000 pounds of beef recalled in Missouri mad cow scare

4,000 Pounds Of Beef Recalled In Missouri Mad Cow Scare

Beef - maybe it shouldn't be what's for dinner. (Via Wikimedia Commons / David Reber)

Fruitland American Meat in Jackson, Missouri has recalled more than 4,000 pounds of beef over concerns of possible mad cow disease.

NBC reports, "Fruitland American Meat... is defending itself saying the finding is based on a clerical error."

During a review of the company's slaughter logs, the USDA says it discovered a portion of the dorsal root ganglia, which are branches of the nervous system located in the spine of cattle, was not fully removed. It is considered to be specified risk material that could carry infective agents.

According to the USDA, "The problem may have occurred as a result of the way some company employees were recording information and determining the age of various cattle... Dorsal root ganglia ... must be removed from cattle 30 months of age and older."

This is a class 2 recall, meaning there is a "remote" possibility of harmful heath effects. So far, no cases of mad cow disease from this incident have been reported, and Missouri heath officials are working to make sure all tainted meat is disposed of, according to KMOV.

HLN says, "Fruitland of America produced the beef from last September to April and they sent it to Whole Foods Distribution center in Connecticut and two restaurants in New York and Kansas City."

People can contract the potentially deadly disease by consuming the diseased beef. According to WebMD, the disease can be hard to diagnose in humans. Symptoms include issues with the nervous system like loss of coordination, depression and dementia. It's usually fatal within 13 months.

Fruitland American Meat has reportedly warned its customers and told them to destroy the beef.

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ganderrrr June 14 2014 at 1:34 PM

Any of you conservative regulation haters still want to eliminate the FDA?

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Tamara Shaffer June 14 2014 at 2:53 PM

We could just stop torturing and slaughtering these animals and eat soybeans and other sources of protein.

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larrykad June 14 2014 at 1:13 PM

All of those poor cows killed for nothing. I hope those employees were fired.

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runswthscisors40 June 14 2014 at 3:52 PM

People can contract the potentially deadly disease by consuming the diseased beef.............

The USDA didn't say the cows were diseased, only that the dorsal root ganglia that should have been removed from older cattle, wasn't completely removed............nice way for the media to manipulate the story for more readership.................

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lancesammy runswthscisors40 June 14 2014 at 7:50 PM

your just a a hole as well

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runswthscisors40 lancesammy June 14 2014 at 8:45 PM

lancemammy..........get off your momma and stop playing with her laptop...................

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tapdancer330 runswthscisors40 June 14 2014 at 7:57 PM

It's considered very high risk material and totally banned.. This disease is one of the worst ever..

Years ago slaughter houses had to undergo completely removing the machines that squeeze out every inch of meat from all the brain and other tissue... this was used to go into hamburger, but it was determined how risky it was and a total revamp of slaughter houses at great expense had to remove them and replace their work centers...

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ejorillion June 14 2014 at 2:33 PM

that is 8 cows, hardly news worthy

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ga7smi June 14 2014 at 2:40 PM

beef is USDA inspected - this story is BS

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bigred8690 June 14 2014 at 1:11 PM

When are the urban elites going to see Whole Foods for the fraud that it is? Their food isn't any better than at other high-end grocery stores just because it's organic. The first time I shopped at Whole Foods, I asked where is Coca-Cola. The young lady replied that most sodas are not natural, so they're not sold at WF.

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taft2682 June 14 2014 at 1:30 PM

why are the hiding the name of the restaurants

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Joepalooka taft2682 June 14 2014 at 5:32 PM

because provided the restaurants act responsibly to the concern (as most assuredly they would and in fact, would be required to) there is no reason to tarnish their reputation.

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dwtomczyk June 14 2014 at 1:58 PM

it will keep death row inmates fed for awhile. or is that against their rites?

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dickn2000b dwtomczyk June 14 2014 at 2:27 PM

Actually, you ignorant cretin, the correct word is "RIGHTS" not rites.

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tapdancer330 dwtomczyk June 14 2014 at 8:00 PM

Well you are right about one thing... all inferior foods go to institutions, mental facilities and schools..
are we feeling good yet?

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whudmel tapdancer330 June 15 2014 at 4:16 AM

This is so true--& thank you for bringing it to public attention. Our country should be so ashamed for treating our sick mentally ill like animals--getting fed the inferior foods-- slum conditions where they are in treatment--not fit for a dog. It is a disease--very sick people, like one with pneumonia.. Let's upgrade our morals to caring for all of our sick in a humane way.. Rosalyn Carter tried so hard..

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HELLO SHELDON June 14 2014 at 1:43 PM


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