Chow Are You Going to Make a Federal Case Out of It?
posted by April 6 at 15:06 PMon
The USDA sends me an email when they make a federal case out of, say, E. coli, Listeria (a popular one), botulism, “undeclared allergens” in food, food mislabeling (oops—those Frozen Chicken Products aren’t precooked!), and good old “adulterated” food.
You can subscribe to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Open Federal Cases Update here.
Yesterday’s update concerns Federal Case FSIS-RC-012-2008:
…a Class II Recall of Frozen Cattle Heads That Contain Prohibited Materials. Take it away, Federal Casemaker:
April 4, 2008 - Elkhorn Valley Packing LLC, a Harper, Kan., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 406,000 pounds of frozen cattle heads with tonsils not completely removed….
Tonsils are considered a specified risk material (SRM) and must be removed from cattle of all ages in accordance with FSIS regulations. SRMs are tissues that are known to contain the infective agent in cattle infected with BSE…. Therefore, FSIS prohibits SRMs from use as human food to minimize potential human exposure to the BSE agent.
The products subject to recall include:
* Various weight bulk boxes of “BEEF WHOLE HEADS, KEEP REFRIGERATED.”
BSE is Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or mad cow disease. A Class II recall is “HEALTH RISK: LOW.” The classes go a little something like this:
Class I: Bad! You could die.
Class II: Medium-ish (?): “A health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.” Wait, sorry: LOW.
Class III: Also “a situation,” but “a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.” No big deal! (For a federal case.)
Questions? This (kind of hot!) automated drawing of a lady named Karen is here for you “24/7.”