Whole Foods: Beef in recall not a health risk

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Some recalled beef that was sold at Whole Foods stores in Rhode Island does not pose a health risk, a spokesperson from Whole Foods confirmed.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Fruitland American Meat is recalling about 4,012 pounds of beef because it could contain parts of the nervous system that can carry properties related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.

BSE is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who eat tainted beef.

A Whole Foods spokesperson told Eyewitness News that after the Missouri-based company issued the voluntary recall, Whole Foods launched an investigation. The market confirmed that the cattle in question that was sold at local stores is not at risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, as they were all under 30 months of age.

The USDA says there’s no indication any of the slaughtered cattle showed signs of BSE.

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