June 13, 2014 -- More than 4,000 pounds of beef products are being recalled by a Missouri company due to the slight chance that they may expose people to mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
The products were produced by Fruitland American Meat and distributed to restaurants in New York City and Kansas City, Mo., and a Whole Foods distribution in Connecticut, the Associated Press reported.
The beef products could contain parts of the cow's nervous system that can carry properties related to mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy -- BSE). There is no indication that the cattle used to make the beef products showed signs of the disease, the USDA said.
BSE can cause a fatal brain disease in people who eat tainted beef. There have been no reports of problems among people who ate the recalled products, according to the USDA.
The agency's Food Safety and Inspection Service uncovered the potential problem while reviewing the company's slaughter logs, and said it may be due to the way that employees determined the age of cattle, the AP reported.
This is a Class II recall, which means there is a "remote probability" of health problems among people who consume the recalled products, which include quartered beef carcasses stamped with the establishment number "EST. 2316" inside the USDA mark of inspection, and 80-pound cases containing two cryovac packages of bone-in "Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye" with the establishment number "EST. 2316" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The following production dates are printed on the boxes of the recalled beef products: 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.