Over 4,000 pounds of ribeye steaks have been recalled by a Missouri producer for containing “specified risk materials” associated with mad cow disease. Many of those steaks ended up in New York City.
According to the USDA, the beef was distributed to a restaurant in NYC, as well as a Connecticut Whole Foods distribution center that services stores in New England. The USDA declined to name the restaurant, saying the product has been removed and therefore was no further risk to diners.
The source of the recalled stems from issues with Fruitland American Meat’s slaughter logs, which may have not been accurately maintained to track the age of the animals. In order to prevent mad cow disease, the animal’s dorsal root ganglia in the nervous system must be removed from cattle aged 30 months or older. Because of the faulty logs, there was some concern over whether these precautions were taken.
No illnesses have been reported to date but symptoms don’t show up immediately after consumption.