STRASBURG -- Valley Farm Meats (DBA Strasburg Provision, Inc.) of Strasburg announces a voluntary recall of an unknown amount of beef products that may contain the spinal cord and vertebral column, which are considered specified risk materials (SRMs). SRMs must be removed from cattle over 30 months of age in accordance with federal and state 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, federal and state regulations prohibit SRMs from use as human food to minimize potential human exposure to the BSE agent.
The products subject to recall include all beef products slaughtered and processed by or purchased from Valley Farm Meats retail store, 1317 N. Wooster Ave. NW, Strasburg; or purchased from Ed Lind Livestock and Poultry, 3333 Church Road B, Medina. These products were produced between Jan. 28, 2011, and July 5, 2011, and offered for sale from Jan. 28, 2011, through July 11, 2011.
The package labels or beef carcasses may bear the Ohio mark of inspection and "Est. 80," however, products processed through Ed Lind Livestock and Poultry may not contain such markings.
The problem was discovered through routine inspection activities by the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Division of Meat Inspection. The Department has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service classifies this type of potential contamination as a low health risk, however individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.
Because of potential product contamination, Valley Farm Meats urges its customers who have purchased the suspect product(s) not to eat them and to return them to the company. Customers may bring those designated packages to Valley Farm Meats, 1317 N Wooster Ave. NW, Strasburg, during regular business hours or call the company's owner, Paul Berry at (330) 878-5557.