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UPDATE: Whole Foods says recalled beef not at risk for BSE

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Update 4:57 p.m.: According to a spokesperson for Whole Foods, an in-depth investigation led to "official documentation confirming that the cattle in question destined for our stores were in fact not at risk for BSE as they were all under 30 months of age. It is unfortunate the processor could not confirm accurate information at the time, but we fully support the issuance of the USDA Class II voluntary recall to quickly address the issue out of an abundance of caution."

Some beef sold at Whole Foods stores in Rhode Island has been recalled because it is possibly tainted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says

 Fruitland American Meat is recalling about 4,012 pounds of beef because it could contain parts of the nervous system that can carry properties

 related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease. BSE is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who

 eat tainted beef. The USDA says there's no indication the slaughtered cattle showed signs of BSE. The department says the products were

 produced between September 2013 and April 2014 and were distributed to a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut, where it was sent to stores in New England.

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