Cargill Meat slips us a little tainted tongue, then recalls it
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Cattle have tonsils? It’s true. And they are considered to be a “specified risk material” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
That’s why a Wisconsin-based company has issued a recall of nearly three tons of beef tongue: because the cattle may not have had their tonsils completely removed. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service requires tonsils be removed from all cattle because they are a type of tissue that, in cattle infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, sometimes referred to as “mad cow disease”), is known to contain the infective agent. Tonsils and other “specified risk materials” are prohibited from use for human food to reduce the possibility of human exposure to BSE.