25 March - US: Triple J Family Farms, a Minnesota firm, is recalling 15,270 pounds of bone-in ribeye products because the vertebral column may not have been completely removed.
This means it is not compliant with regulations that require the removal of vertebral column in cattle 30 months of age or older, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) announced this week.
The products were produced and packaged on various dates between 8 February and 21 March and were distributed to an FSIS-inspected establishment in New York for further processing and distribution.
The problem was discovered by FSIS during a routine specified risk material (SRM) verification and may have occurred as a result of a recent change in the company's carcass separation practices.
There is no indication that any of the cattle slaughtered displayed any signs of BSE, said the agency.