A beef recall is affecting more than four thousand pounds of beef over concerns about mad cow disease.

The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says Missouri-based Fruitland American Meat is recalling the meat, produced and packaged between September 2013 and April 2014.  The beef, which was turned into rib eyes and quartered sides of beef, was distributed to firms in New York, Connecticut, and Kansas.

Included in the recall is packages of bone-in "Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye" and quartered beef carcasses stamped with USDA inspection number "EST. 2316."

United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service

The dorsal root ganglia were not removed from the meat, and that is a prerequisite for dietary beef aged thirty months or older.  The dorsal root ganglia, which have the potential to be infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), must be removed from meat to minimize human exposure to the BSE agent, which causes "mad cow disease."

The USDA says that the problem was discovered during a review of the company's post mortem slaughter logs.  None of the cows observed showed any signs of infection by BSE.

Fruitland American Meat is a relatively small farm that employs about fifty people.  Specializing in grass-fed natural and organic cattle, the farm received its organic certification in 2006.

Consumers with questions about the recall are asked to call the company sales manager at: (573) 243.3107.