WEB EXCLUSIVE: Truckee-area restaurants served beef recalled because of mad cow concern
Three restaurants in eastern Nevada County received and served beef that was recalled because of possible contamination from mad cow disease, county Environmental Health Department officials announced today.
Neither county nor state officials would name the three restaurants involved because the USDA will not allow local officials to release the information, county health officials said.
The recalled beef was not distributed to retail outlets, such as grocery stores, the release said.
All the beef had been served at the Truckee-area restaurants before the county or the places of businesses had been notified of the recall, county health officials said today.
A single Holstein on a Washington state farm tested positive for mad cow disease on Dec. 23, 2003, in what was the first suspected case of the disease in the United States.
The USDA Food, Safety and Inspection Service issued a “Class II” recall for the meat because of an “extremely low likelihood that the beef being recalled obtains the infectious agent” that causes Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy – mad cow disease – according to the federal agency.
“According to scientific evidence, the tissues of highest infectivity are the brain, spinal cord, and distal ileum, which were removed from the rest of the carcass at slaughter,” stated a USDA news release from December. “Therefore, the meat produced were cuts that would not be expected to be infected or have an adverse public health impact, but are being recalled out of an abundance of caution.”
Residents with food safety questions can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline.
For the full story, see Thursday’s The Union.
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