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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Are You Going to Make a Federal Case Out of It?

posted by on April 6 at 15:06 PM

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.”


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Did I say anything? No, I didn't say a word, did I? Everyone thinks all I ever do is gloat. Am I gloating now? No. Not gloating even a teeny tiny bit.

Enjoy your meat.

Posted by elenchos | April 6, 2008 4:16 PM

what do they make out of cow heads that we would be eating? Bologna? Beef stock? Beef hot dogs?

Pasta alfredo sounding good tonight ...

Posted by unPC | April 6, 2008 4:43 PM

I think you have to be really well-known or a hipster to get tip picked up by Slog Tipping via e-mail, so I'll just link here.

But Dan, I thought you'd find it interesting that the Philadelphia Gay News isn't happy with Obama. They say he's refusing to speak with the Gay press.

Posted by Sam | April 6, 2008 4:46 PM

Oh darn, and I just packed in my month's supply of cow heads - now I'm going to have to take them all back.

Posted by COMTE | April 6, 2008 4:56 PM

If you get grass-fed, organic beef you can safely eat the yummy, yummy tonsils, thymus, and brains.

Mmmmmm, head-cheese sandwichs and deep-fried sweet-breads. Just like home cooking.

Posted by Rain Monkey | April 6, 2008 5:46 PM

It's good to see that Chun Li from Street Fighter was able to find work.

Posted by Ryan | April 6, 2008 5:48 PM

I keep asking "Karen" salacious questions, but she pretends she doesn't understand. Oh, I think she understands. When I ask her to rub hamburger on her breasts she is full of detail.

Posted by Fnarf | April 6, 2008 6:04 PM

okay if we can stray from cow heads here to assholes.....

in more political news (noticed by tsm first)...

Penn is fired

Posted by unPC | April 6, 2008 6:23 PM

I think somebody wishes their own blog was popular do they wouldn't have to constantly hijack threads to get attention.

Posted by elenchos | April 6, 2008 6:30 PM

lol@9. But really, elenchos, you won't be so smug about the vegetarian thing when some E.coli-colonized salad greens turn your innards into gumbo.

Posted by tsm | April 6, 2008 6:41 PM

I am NOT smug1!!!!!

Posted by elenchos | April 6, 2008 7:01 PM

I take it you haven't had Tacos de Cabeza (beef heads). The places that serve it usually also offer Sesos, Orejas, Ojos and Lengua (brains, ears, eyes and tongue. In the poorer parts of Mexiccan towns tacos made from beef heads are common. The heads are simmered overnight in large cauldrons and the meat is picked off the skulls in the morning and ready for the lunch crowd.

Posted by ratcityreprobate | April 6, 2008 7:43 PM

Must . . . eat . . . brains.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 6, 2008 8:09 PM

fnarf, you really are a poet at heart.

Posted by ellarosa | April 6, 2008 8:57 PM

Oh, but I AM a poet, Ellarosa. It's just that it's all about breasts and ground meat, and no one wants to read it.

Cabeza is my second-favorite taco meat choice, after carnitas. So rich, so delicious.

Posted by Fnarf | April 6, 2008 9:00 PM

and i asked: "cow heads make?"

she answered: "Deer live in woodlands all over Europe, Asia, northern Africa and America. There are many deer species of various sizes but all the males grow antlers. The meat is lean and has a gamey flavor that can be made milder if soaked overnight."

useful, no?

Posted by ellarosa | April 6, 2008 9:01 PM

i'm not surprised to find beef head in a lot of the more processed meats, including bologna and hot dogs. just not tonsils though.

Posted by sepiolida | April 6, 2008 11:37 PM

Oh Karen, you tease.

Posted by Greg | April 7, 2008 1:13 PM

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