Maine Firm Recalls Ribeye and Carcass Products That May Contain Specified Risk Materials

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Maine Firm Recalls Ribeye and Carcass Products That May Contain Specified Risk Materials

Class II Recall

Health Risk: Low

August 29, 2014

MAINE, August 29, 2014 – Bubier Meats, an establishment in Greene, Maine is recalling approximately  25,192 pounds of fresh beef products because the dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely removed, which is not compliant with federal regulations that require their removal in cattle 30 months of age and older, the Maine Meat and Poultry Inspection (MMPI) program announced today.

The products subject to recall include:

 Quartered beef carcasses that were stamped with the Maine mark of inspection and establishment number “EST. 4.” with the following ship dates:  11/13/13, 11/26/13, 1/2/14, 1/21/14, 2/5/14, 2/19/14, 3/5/14, 3/19/14, 4/2/14, 4/30/14, 5/12/14, 5/28/14, 6/11/14, 6/25/14, 7/9/14, 7/23/14, 8/6/14, 8/20/14.

Bubier Meats advises that the quartered carcasses were distributed to Maine retail stores, Rosemont Market locations in Portland and Yarmouth, and Maine Meat in Kittery Maine, on various dates between November, 2013 and August, 2014.  All products would have been processed into smaller cuts with no identifying consumer packaging. Such smaller cuts may include bone-in ribeye roasts, prime rib roasts, T-bone steaks, porterhouse steaks, wing steaks, bone-in ribeye steaks, bone-in sirloin steaks and neck bones.

The problem was discovered by MMPI during a review of company slaughter logs. Dorsal root ganglia, branches of the nervous system located in the vertebral column are considered specified risk materials (SRMs) and must be removed from cattle 30 months of age and older in accordance with federal regulations. SRMs are tissues that may contain the infective agent in cattle infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), as well as materials that are closely associated with these potentially infective tissues. Although BSE is extremely rare (only 4 US cows have been identified to date) it remains a human health concern.  Therefore, federal regulations prohibit SRMs from use as human food to minimize potential human exposure to the BSE agent.

Every animal received ante-mortem inspection by MMPI inspection personnel, who observed each animal at rest and in motion. All animals appeared healthy with no indication that any of the cattle slaughtered displayed any signs of BSE.

MMPI and Bubier Meats have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

MMPI routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact establishment manager Tobie Bubier at 207-946-5015.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at ( via smartphone at ( “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.