Fruitland American Fresh Beef Recall [US]

US FlagUS/Washington: Fruitland American Meat recalls approximately 4,012 pounds of Fresh Beef Products because the dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely removed, a situation that is not compliant with USDA agency regulations that require the removal of this organ in cattle 30 months of age and older due to a serious health hazard. USDA:

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The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) reports the following Fresh Beef Products are subject to this recall:

  • 40-pound cases containing two, roughly 20-pound Cryovac-packaged 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: 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.”

According to the USDA, the problem was discovered by its Food Safety and Inspection Service (“FSIS”) during a review of company slaughter logs. 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, branches of the nervous system located in the vertebral column are considered specified risk materials (“SRMs”) and must be removed from cattle 30 months of age and older in accordance with FSIS regulations.

SRMs are tissues that may contain the infective agent in cattle infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), as well as materials that are closely associated with these potentially infective tissues. Therefore, FSIS prohibits SRMs from use as human food to minimize potential human exposure to the BSE agent.

The products were produced and packaged on various dates between September 2013 and April 2014. The Bone-in Ribeye Roasts were the source material of concern.

Fruitland American Meat advises that the Bone-In Ribeye Roasts were distributed to a restaurant in New York, NY, and a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut which services its stores in New England. The quartered carcasses were distributed to an FSIS-inspected establishment in Missouri for further processing and distribution, and to a restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. All products would have been processed into smaller cuts with no identifying consumer packaging.


USDA recall number: FSIS-RC-034-2014
Recalls Direct RIN: 3646-2014
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