Improperly Processed Meat Was Sent To Connecticut Distribution Center


WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today asked the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a briefing on how meat potentially tainted with mad cow disease was allowed to leave processing facilities for nearly eight months. The potentially tainted beef went to a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut that serves stores in southern New England.


“According to the FSIS news release the affected product was produced between September 5, 2013 through April 24, 2014,” DeLauro wrote to Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety Brian Ronholm. “On the heels of all these other massive recalls, e.g. Wolverine, El Rancho, etc., which also involved products produced over a long period of time, I question why it took ten months for this error to be discovered. Was this a matter of inadequate staffing levels, poor training, negligence, or some other reason? I want to learn more.”


The letter can be viewed in its entirety here.


Earlier this week Fruitland American Meat recalled approximately 4,012 pounds of fresh beef products. According to USDA processors may not have completely removed portion of the cow’s central nervous system along the spine. Removing this tissue is standard in cattle more than 30 months old due to increased risk for mad cow.  


In addition to the Connecticut distribution center two restaurants received the meat, one in New York City and one in Kansas City, Missouri.