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(JACKSON, Mo.) -- A Missouri-based company is recalling more than 4,000 pounds of beef products following fears the product may be tainted with mad cow disease.
Fruitland American Meat from Jackson, Missouri, issued the recall for ribeye and carcass parts that may contain "specified risk materials." The food was distributed to a restaurant in New York and a Whole Foods center in Connecticut, which services stores in New England. Other products were given to a restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri.
All products would have been processed into smaller cuts with no identifying consumer packaging, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
While officials are taking precautionary measures, infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner tells ABC News the U.S. has never had an outbreak of mad cow disease.
"The United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration are on the ball when they detect something, they institute a recall," Schaffner says. "It helps make our food supply the safest in the world."
The risk of contracting the disease is exceedingly low, he adds.
"We occasionally get a mad cow patient but they have acquired their infection abroad. Fortunately this is a very unusual event."
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