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TO: DDS Regional Directors, STS Director, CTH Coordinators, Private Providers, CO Quality Management Personnel
FROM: Daniel A. Micari, Director, Quality Management Services
DATE: June 16, 2014
FOOD RECALL ADVISORY:  Fruitland American Meat Beef Recall Due to Inclusion of Specified Risk Material
Food Recall Advisory
 Food Recall Advisory: On June 13, 2014, The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Fruitland American Meat, a Jackson, Mo. establishment is recalling approximately 4,012 pounds of fresh beef products because the dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely removed as required by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  Dorsal root ganglia is included in the list of Specified Risk Material – the parts of the cattle aged 30 months and older, that are not allowed into the food chain because they can harbor prions, the infectious agent that causes Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE - more commonly known as Mad Cow disease) in cattle.  Some of this meat may have been distributed to food stores in Connecticut.
See the attached PDF documents for further information.

Please ensure those responsible for food procurement and preparation are aware of this food recall advisory.  Also review your food stores to determine whether or not the identified products are present.  If the identified products are present, address appropriately.