New York Firm Recalls Beef Carcass That Contains Prohibited Materials

WASHINGTON – Jerry Hayes Meats Inc., a Newark Valley, N.Y., establishment is
recalling approximately 490 pounds of a beef carcass that may not have had the
spinal column removed, which is not compliant with regulations that require the
removal of spinal cord and vertebral column from cattle over 30 months of age,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
announced today.

Spinal cord and vertebral column are considered a specified risk material (SRM)
and must be removed from cattle over 30 months of age in accordance with FSIS
regulations. SRMs are tissues that are known to 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.
Therefore, FSIS prohibits SRMs from use as human food to minimize potential
human exposure to the BSE agent.

The products subject to recall include:

1- “BEEF CARCASS,” which bears the establishment number “EST. 04488 M” inside
the USDA mark of inspection.

The product was packed on January 7, 2010, and sold to a single customer in New

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS inspection activities. FSIS has
received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.

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

Media and consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s
owner, Jerry Hayes at (607) 642-9598.