The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday that Black Earth Meat Market Inc. is recalling approximately 99 pounds of beef tongue products because they may not have had the tonsils completely removed.
Regulations require that cattle of all ages must have their tonsils removed, as they are a specified risk material: tissues that are known to contain the infective agent in cattle infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or mad cow disease. There is no indication that any of the cattle involved displayed any signs of BSE.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Bartlett Durand, Managing Member, at 608-767-3940.
Fast facts on mad cow disease:
Eating contaminated meat or some other animal products from cattle that have bovine spongiform encephalopathy is thought to be the cause of the fatal brain disease in humans that is called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
The fatal disease was blamed for the deaths of 150 people in Britain, where there was an outbreak in the 1980s and 1990s.
In people, symptoms of the disease include psychiatric and behavioral changes, movement deficits, memory disturbances and cognitive impairments.
BSE can cause infected animals to display nervousness or aggression, difficulty in coordination and standing up, decreased milk production or loss of body weight, according to the agency.
It is usually transmitted between cows through the practice of recycling bovine carcasses for meat and bone meal protein, which is fed to other cattle.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the odds of a person contracting mad cow disease, even after consuming contaminated products, are less than one in 10 billion.
Unlike most other meat-borne illnesses, such as those caused by E.-coli bacteria, cooking does not kill the infectious agent that causes mad cow disease.
Consumers who wish to exercise extra caution can follow the advice presented by the Web-based consumer advocacy group Consumeraffairs.com, which advises the avoidance of brains, neck bones and beef cheeks, bone marrow and cuts of beef that are sold on the bone. The group also says to choose boneless cuts of meat and ground beef only if it has been ground in the store.
Last year, 29 cases of BSE were reported worldwide, down 99% since the peak of 37,311 cases in 1992.
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If you're gonna get it ya probly already got it.
No offense, but a photo of what a beef tongue looks like with and without tonsils would have helped!
that is exactly why I clicked the link...to see and be grossed out...and then to forward it to vegans everywhere.
Less than 1 in 10 billion is the chance you get this but in 1992 there were 37,000+ people who did. Somebody needs to work on their math. Furthermore, the data on those numbers can NOT be complete because you can have BSE prions in your blood for 50 years before one of those proteins land on your brain and starts destroying it. If you look at the remarkable similarities between Mad Cow Disease and Alzheimer's you will see that these two diseases are very likely caused by the same agent. A deformed protein called a prion. Anyone who has eaten beef is potentially a ticking time bomb if they ate contaminated meat. I love cheeseburgers as much as the next person, but there is a risk involved with not knowing where that meat came from.
Once again, this is odds per exposure, not per person. A single person could come in contact with the disease multiple times in their life. Also, this is an estimated figure, of course.
So, they're recalling 100 pounds of food that consumers can fix by cutting off the back portion of the tongue and tossing? It'd be the same thing that should have happened before it was sent out. What a flipping waste.
We're officially a country of ninnies.
100 pounds? You're worried about 100 pounds!? The largest beef recall was 143 MILLION pounds... can you comprehend the magnitude of that pile of meat?
I won't taste ANYTHING that's going to taste me back.
Lol! I've heard tongue is really good if cooked right, but I'd rather just give that to the dog...
Must be why I hate clams.
Why do the writers never point out that there is legislation in place that has been designed to prevent the feeding of ruminant protein to cattle? It was what was happening in the UK when they had their outbreak, and with the legislation the chances are highly reduced. Thanks for sensationalizing the story when steps have been taken to reduce the risk. We can't control what other countries do about the health of their livestock, but the United States takes massive steps to prevent the risk of the spread of diseases like BSE, Tuberculosis, Anthrax, etc. We have enough problems trying to keep animals from other countries from bringing diseases here, no need to stir up controversy when work is already being done.
I completely disagree with you, Endgame65. Just because a thing is "legislated against" doesn't mean a thing. Murder, rape, and armed robbery are also "legislated against" but they still occur all too frequently. From all the reports of e. coli, salmonella, and other similar outbreaks in foods – and subsequent huge recalls of same – it is obvious that many food producers completely ignore or seek to sidestep measures that are "legislated against" in order to increase their profits and the public be damned. Instead of blowing off this incident as you have, we as a nation absolutely must make sure that the pure-food laws we currently have are enforced and threats are contained as soon as possible after being identified. That is a function of government – it's a sure bet that the food producers won't do it.
Why even go through the hassle of telling public in the first place? Everyone knows Americans will pretty much eat anything that's either packaged or boxed, regardless of what it is or what it's made of. Just place the word "natural" on outside and it's a sure sell.
Never mind oral sex, probably much more dangerous than a piece of beef tongue, and so popular
Tonsils on my delicious cow tongue? GROSS!
Well, watch some of the videos of how this meat comes about. You'll swallow your own tounge then and won't have to worry about this!
When asked about this issue, the cow was speechless.
It wasn't mad cow, it was angry cow. He had his tongue removed.
While cow generally denotes female in many species, like whale, it can refer to either sex in cattle. I thought the same way for a long time until I looked it up, and one of the definitions is either sex in cattle.
Well that's just great. Now how am I supposed to make my famous beef tonsil souffle for the holidays? Thanks for raining on my parade once again, Department of Agriculture! =/
That actually made me laugh aloud.
Mission accomplished! ;)
:You shouldnt eat any ones tongue, its nasty.
Dämn. That's like buying bull pënis, opening the package and finding out it still has other things attached. Woof.
In either case, if you're gonna go there in the first place I don't see why you'd be upset if some other bits were still attached.
What's the difference as long as it's Kosher It's got to be the best...
The world will not go vegetarian. What is much more likely is that at some point, they will be able to grow meat artificially. This has been done already, but the process is still too expensive.
Some people might find this "disgusting", but that's because of their bias. In the future their kids and grandkids who grow up on it will have no problem at all. Actually, they might find it disgusting that people used to raise, then kill animals and cutting them up for food. It's a matter of perspective.
This will happen sooner or later. The "meat" will be cheaper to produce and more sanitary. It will be good for everyone, including animal activists and people who are vegetarian on religious or "humane" reasons.
Truth of the matter is that while we may have started out as vegetarians, if we had not started eating meat we would not of had the intelligence we do today to even have this debate.
Maybe so. It certainly doesn't take a lot of brains to hunt grass.
I tried to grow meat naturally. I wanted to be a chicken farmer but, every chicken I planted, died.
now, for the rest of the mad cow story ;
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Wisconsin Firm Recalls Beef Tongues That May Contain Specified Risk Materials Nov 9, 2012 WI Firm Recalls Beef Tongues
The bad news for everyone that did not come into contact with this material; Our vaunted CDC says the odds of contracting it is 1 in 10 billion, however 150 people died in Britain, not including those who survived. Now, if you take into account the population of Britain, these odds are more like1 in 400,000. This includes everyone in Britain, now if you include those exposed to the agent itself, the odds of getting it are about 99%, give or take. This is genuine statistics from the CDC? This is ludicrous and they are LYING to us. They wonder why anyone educated does not trust the gov't, come on!!! These people should be force-fed this material as they are virtually unable to contract it, right?
No, you just have problems with reading comprehension. The odds are per exposure, and are correct.
The fatal disease was blamed for the deaths of 150 people in Britain, where there was an outbreak in the 1980s and 1990s
How many billions of people live in UK? It's urgent now to find few more habitable planets!!!!!
Hey,vegitarians and vegans. They just recalled a bunch of bagged spinich for e-coli. All our food is poisoned. We as a society just let them keep doing it. We are designed to eat meat, that's why we have canine teeth. Herpafores don't have them. Meat eaters do.
Not really. Humans can eat raw vegetables all day long, but cannot digest meat very well unless it's cooked. The human digestive system is long, and closer to herbivores' than carnivores', which are short. Having said that, humans have evolved over time the ability to consume some animal protein. But like grandma always says, "Eat some roughage. It's good for you."
Well, no. Humans can eat meat just fine, and they are well adapted to doing so. We are not, however, carnivores: we're classic omnivores, who are adapted to eat a very wide variety of foods, and are best off when we do just that.
Herbivore. Your argument will always be more effective if you spell the important parts of it correctly.
Lern tu spel, I agree. People cannot spell and it shows everywhere, have you seen FB lately? But, the argument is carnivore vs Herbivore. We are omnivores for many reasons; We are not built to out muscle the competition, our survival odds are greater with the greatest range of sustenance, our teeth are built for ripping and chewing both flesh and plants and is probably more important than cooking for nutrient absorption, our brains allowed us to outsmart the mobile food market as well as cultivate them and start farming. Ultimately if we were not meant to eat flesh, it would not smell or taste good to us. Even devout vegans and vegetarians, if starving, would be salivating over a nice fresh steak cooked to perfection, just by smelling it, long before they were wolfing it down, no pun intended.
Hey Barbara, e-coli doesn't come from vegetables– E.coli is an intestinal strain of bacteria that only grows inside the guts of animals (and people). Thus, the source of all this e.coli is ANIMAL, not vegetable. Animal agriculture is devastating the environment, harming human health and causes unconscionable cruelty to more than 58 BILLION land animals that are slaughtered annually worldwide.
Also, we are NOT designed to eat animals. Do those "canines" of yours tear through the hides and flesh of animals?? Do you chase down your "prey" and kill them with your 'claws' and canines? You can't even chew through a 2 inch thick slab of dead flesh with those canines. Not only are humans NOT designed to eat animals, but eating animals greatly increases the risk of SEVERAL serious diseases. Heart disease is the NUMBER ONE cause of death in the U.S. and the consumption of animal products is directly linked to heart disease. Vegans are living proof that humans do not need to eat animals.
Many, many more people die every year from beef contaminated with e. coli or other germs.
The odds are per exposure.
In Britain, pretty much everyone in the country was exposed. Not once, but many, many times over a long period of time. When the breadth and depth of the exposure was determined, predictions where that within just a few years corpses would be piling up like cordwood. As time went on and the number of cases remained extremely low, authorities kept pushing out the latency period, from 3 to 5 to 10 to 20 years and more. In all that time, the disease has stubbornly refused to live up to expectations, and only recently have investigators woken up to the simple fact that the disease simply isn't very virulent; in fact, it is barely virulent at all.
I crossed Mad Cow Disease off my list of things worth worrying about a long, long time ago.
But there is a chance...
There is a much, much, much higher chance that you'll suffer from E. coli poisoning by eating contaminated fruits or vegetables.
In terms of actual risk, the danger posed by MCD can be effectively ignored.
Hey, I went to the casino and hit the jackpot on the 2nd pull! Therefore, its 50/50 odds right?
I could live without meat, but who would want to? Meat! (slobber)
I agree that I don't want to give up eating meat. Cow tongues? OK.
Great photo choice. Go vegetarian...it's the only way to live.
Yeh, and tasty too.
I want to see a world where we all are vegetarians. Then you will still have the few who will tell us that eating vegetables is wrong and eating dirt is the way to go. "Go Dirterian is the only way to live" they will say.
hahahahhaha, that's funny ... and I'm vegetarian :-P
Well, there are living microbes in soil, too. Even Jains have to kill something to eat. I prefer to avoid eating anything with a brain.
You laugh, but it is common knowledge in the medical world that poor people across the globe, including the U.S. eat dirt to supplement their mineral intake. Mud pies are very real.
to rethink our food system. Do we really need so much meat!?
It's a choice. Do you want to be told what you can and cannot eat? And let's not go to using extreme examples to the contrary.
Whether or not we NEED so much meat, many people want it.
Corollary: Whether or not we NEED cell phones, many people want them.
It doesn't matter whether or not YOU think we need it. We don't need you telling us we can't have it. Get over it already.
It's not a matter of "need". It IS a matter of "want". I refuse to end up like Archie Bunker's friend Ralph who had a heart attack while he was jogging home from the health food store. If I ever have that attack myself, as long as there's a 16 oz rib-eye resting comfortably beneath my belt, there'll be no complaints. Enjoy your tofu and bean sprouts.
LOL! You make it sound like you have your pants hiked up under your armpits!
Lol. I know some men who do just that. Of course, they all seem to be about 70 years old.
Yes. Yes we do.
Gross! I'm not gonna eat anything that's tasting me back!
It's like french kissing a cow. X_X
Beef tongue ends up like very high-quality bologna. It's quite good for sandwiches, or anywhere else you'd use "lunch meat".
Now, if you knew what was in lunch meat, THEN you'd have a reason to be grossed out.
Per CDC – "odds of a person contracting mad cow disease, even after consuming contaminated products, are less than one in 10 billion."
and "Last year, 29 cases of BSE were reported worldwide"
That means we have close to 290 billion people worlwide?
Call it phucked up maths
Could eat at mcdonalds a lot
It's called Obama math
Sorry, Will, but Romney already took that title. Nice try.
That's worth following up on.
Either each person caught it four times, or they are counting the earlier years you didn't catch it. :(
That number is the probably of getting the disease each time you eat beef. You forgot to consider how many times each person will eat beef. Considering the number of years since we have the first case of mad cow X number of people X number of consumptions. That number is probably not too far from the estimate.
Report just wasn't clear enough....BSE is the disease in CATTLE.....of which there are a few dozen cases each year around the world. The 10 billion comment is in regards to the HUMAN variant Crutzfeld-Jacob (sp?) disease which is incredibly rare & caused by many, many other conditions besides easting BSE contaminated meat.
No, it means that beef was consumed in a higher quantity than the number of people there are on earth
Do you eat once a day? Sometimes never? We all eat different ammounts at different times.
29 cases in animals not humans
Yeah there is some bad math, it just happens to be your math skills. When you flip a coin, you have a 1 in 2 chance of getting heads. I just flipped a coin 5 times and it came up heads 4 times. Does this mean I actually flipped the coin 8 times? No.
As others have pointed out, you're cross-connecting the probability of a human contracting the disease and the number of cases in cattle.
However, your point is valid: If the odds of a human contracting the disease are 1 in 10 billion, why were there 150 cases in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s? It does seem that the odds are greatly understated.
It's odds per time of exposure. Most people who eat beef eat it more than one time in their life
No. It means the odds are per exposure.
Another reason to go vegetarian.
Fine for you. Not for me. I like ripping dead flesh with my canine teeth.
Heh, damn right! Beef! it's what's for dinner! (and lunch, and breakfast, and snacks....)
Yeah, they totally resemble that of every other carnivore on the planet. *eyeroll* Our "canine" teeth are hardly anything to write home about in terms of ripping raw flesh apart.
No, because we are omnivores, not carnivores. Therefore, they are not as highly specialized and designed. But, our canines do help us to rip meat as well as other food items.
What reason is that? I rarely eat beef tongue; on the rare occasions when I do, the chances of it having tonsils attached are miniscule; and even if the animal had MCD, the chances of actually contracting it are vanishingly small.
If this counts as a reason to be vegetarian, you are truly grasping at straws to shore up your argument.
Who eats that stuff? I mean, seriously, how is there a demand for beef tongue?
I've had beef tongue before, at a Colombian restaurant in the Bronx. Tried it because...why not. It was ok.
Bart simpson's aunts make them eat cow tongue sandwiches when they visit.
Virtually all parts of the cow are used. Most for food (monitored by USDA inspectors), others for inedible by-products like the hide, blood meal, bone meal, glue, glycerin, detergents, wax and the list goes on.
Plenty of people eat tongue, but I don't think it's as popular as it used to be. All I ever hear of is a tongue sandwich, but I'm sure there are other recipes. I've had it a couple times, it wasn't bad but it'll never be a favorite of mine. Pig feet, on the other hand, and oxtail, very yummy...
We live in a pampered age. Nowadays, people eat only what used to be considered the very choicest parts of the animal, without variation. It wasn't all that long ago, though, that the entire animal was consumed, regularly. Even when I was growing up, it was normal for butcher shops to have tongue, liver, heart, kidneys, brains, tripe and a huge variety of other meats not only available but on display. It was cheap protein and a lot of people consumed it regularly. That's no longer true for a lot of reasons: widespread affluence; much cheaper beef, thanks to commercialized production; the rise of supermarkets, which can't afford to carry products with such typically short shelf lives; and, as in your case, a growing lack of familiarity with products that are now viewed as strange and esoteric.
In the next couple of weeks, for example, I'll be making my own chicken stock – using chicken feet. Yes, you can still find them if you look, and the stock they produce is wonderful, but it's usually not wise to advertise the source of all that goodness.
ever heard of mexican tongue tacos, yum!
I believe its called la lingua? Yeah its the bomb.
And let's pick the picture of the stupidest looking cow we can find..
They could have put a picture of you I guess...
they picked THAT cow because of its pretty fur.....just sayin
Probably used the pix because the cow had its tongue out.
99 lbs? That's it? That's one tongue.
Not even close. Each beef tongue weighs 1-2 lbs.
At least there weren't any cow balls attached?
Cows do not have balls, bulls do.
Mmmm... mountain oysters (from bulls).
Oysters aren't from bulls, they are found in the ocean.
That's why they are called "Rocky Mountain Oysters." Bull testicles if you prefer.
"Mountain oysters" or "Rocky Mountain oysters" come from grazing terrestrial animals. (I've usually heard of sheep as the source, but bulls could be, too.)
Thankfully, this mistake wasn't made with rocky mountain oysters...
What part of the bull would you be eating if it mistakenly has some Rocky Mountain oysters attached to it?
You know there is no news when CNN reports on the possible recall of twenty tongues. Come on guys! At about five pounds each, what is your point?
First, this is the "Eatocracy" section, so all the stories pertain to food. Second, it's somewhat of a public service announcement. And Third, I found it interesting. I didn't know that tonsils posed a higher risk than other parts.
Doh I just ate some Salvadorian tongue tacos. Tasty. My mother-in-law, who grew up Amish, loves cow brains. I am thankful you cannot buy cow brains near her. If so she would serve them special for us. She does not have Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease but she is becoming forgetful. Her daughter makes faces when she stories about watching mom cook "that thing", the smells and especially about pealing off its outer membrane. I asked mom if you ate them with a spoon like monkey brains. She said no. Anyone remember Krang? bbbrrains.
The number one selling sandwich at the first Worlds Fair, Chicago 1890 was ......... (drum roll).... a fried cow brain sandwich. This was a delicacy and the crowds went wild, times have changed, huh?
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