Whole Foods issues recall for beef distributed in Connecticut

A Missouri company has issued a recall of more than 4,000 pounds of possibly tainted beef, distributed to Whole Foods and two restaurants, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday.

Fruitland American Meat, of Jackson, Mo, is recalling 4,012 pounds of bone-in ribeye roasts which could be tainted with properties related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease.

BSE is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who eat tainted beef.

The USDA said there’s no indication the slaughtered cattle showed signs of BSE.

The beef products were produced between September 2013 and April 2014, and were distributed to a Whole Foods distribution center, located in Cheshire, and services its stores in New England.

The beef was also distributed to one restaurant in New York City, and another in Kansas City, Mo., according to the USDA.

All the products would have been processed into smaller cuts with no identifying consumer packaging.

The recall is characterized as Class Il, meaning there’s a “remote probability” of adverse health problems associated with using the recalled product.

Fruitland American Meat has received no reports of adverse actions due to consumption of these products, but the USDA advises anyone concerned about a reaction to contact a healthcare provider.

Whole Foods issued the following statement yesterday in response to the recall:

“There have been no cases of reported BSE or any other illnesses associated with this product, and no products currently in our stores are affected. We are seeking confirmation of the age of the cattle, as the USDA believes this may simply be an issue of improper documentation. Our standards mandate that all grass-fed cattle destined for Whole Foods Market be processed by the age of 28 months to mitigate the risk of BSE, which has been found only in much older cattle. The safety of our customers is a top priority and we take very seriously our commitment to providing the highest quality, most responsibly raised meat available in the marketplace.”

The items subject to the recall include :

• Forty-pound cases containing two, roughly 20-lb. cryovac packages of bone-in “Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye” bearing the establishment number “EST. 2316” inside the USDA mark of inspection with the following production dates printed on the box: 9/5/13, 9/10/13, 9/11/13, 9/26/13, 10/2/13, 10/3/2013, 11/8/13, 11/22/13, 12/17/13, 12/26/13, 12/27/13, 1/16/14, 1/17/14, 1/23/14, 1/31/14, 2/13/14, 2/14/14, 2/21/14, 2/28/14, 3/8/14, 3/20/14, 4/4/14, or 4/25/14 printed on the box.

• Quartered beef carcasses stamped with the USDA mark of inspection and establishment number “EST. 2316.”