The 4,000 pounds of recalled beef with the potential risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSW) otherwise known as mad cow disease may have been caused by the failure of the distributor of the beef in removing the dorsal root ganglia. These are branches of the cow’s central nervous system along the spine. If a cow is infected with BSE, this is where the infected tissues would be located.
Federal Regulations require that this area be removed from cattle more than 30 months old. According to the USDA, this procedure was not followed for the beef in question. Thursday morning the USDA announced that a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut that serves stores in New England, received the potentially tainted beef. The affected stores are located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island. Continue reading