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From: TSS ()
Subject: Dunbia NI recalls meat products Over Thirty Month old cow has entered the food chain without being tested for BSE
Date: November 10, 2006 at 1:05 pm PST

Dunbia NI recalls meat products
Friday 10 November 2006


A meat company, Dunbia Northern Ireland, is recalling a number of meat products after finding that an Over Thirty Month old cow has entered the food chain without being tested for BSE. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Information.

The incident occurred because of human error when a 54-month-old cow was wrongly identified as being less than 30 months old. All cattle aged over 30 months must be tested for BSE and found to be negative before they can enter the food chain.

Product details
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ASDA own brand product
ASDA Ox Liver 08/11/2006
Co-op Products
Co-op Fresh British Beef 1.2kg 11/11/2006
Co-op Beef Steaks 200g 11/11/2006, 12/11/2006
Co-op Fresh British Rolled Beef Brisket Vacuum Packed 1kg 14/11/2006, 15/11/2006, 16/11/2006
Co-op Medium Beef Stewing Steak av 450g 09/11/2006, 10/11/2006, 11/11/2006
Co-op Beef Stewing Steak 1kg 11/11/2006
Co-op Beef Pasty Steak 350g 09/11/2006, 10/11/2006
Co-op Healthy Living Cubed Casserole Steak 500g 09/11/2006, 10/11/2006, 11/11/2006
Co-op Beef Cubed 1kg 11/11/2006
Co-op Lean Beef Steak Mince 500g 11/11/2006
Co-op Lean Beef Steak Mince 250g (Northern Ireland only) 10/11/2006
Co-op Lean Beef Steak Mince 500g ( Northern Ireland only) 11/11/2006
Co-op Beef Skirt 4.54g 14/11/2006, 15/11/2006, 16/11/2006
In-store Prepared Butchery Lines
Co-op Brisket 4 to 14 Nov
Co-op Braising Steak 4 to 14 Nov
Co-op Rump Steak 6 to 14 Nov
Co-op Frying Steak 4 Nov to 14 Nov
Co-op Lean Braising Steak 4 Nov to 14 Nov
Co-op Stewing Beef 4 to 14 Nov
Co-op Topside/Top Rump 31 to 14 Nov
Co-op Silverside Joint 3 to 14 Nov

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The risk to consumers is extremely low but, due to the breach of regulations, the Agency is advising that if people still have uneaten products at home that they do not eat them and return them to the store where they bought them.

Food Standards Agency Director of Enforcement David Statham said: ‘If people have eaten any of the affected products they should not be concerned, as the risk to health is extremely low. The controls in place, including the removal of spinal cord, mean that over 99% of any infectivity that would be present if the cow had BSE is removed. Restrictions on the material that cattle are fed have meant that cases of BSE in the UK have been in steep decline over recent years.

‘However, the regulations were breached and we are working closely with the company involved and our colleagues in FSA Northern Ireland and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to find out the exact circumstances of the breach and to prevent it occurring again.’

Meat and other products from the carcass of the cow were mixed with those from other animals slaughtered at the same time and these have entered the food chain. Action is being taken to recall raw, unprocessed products from affected batches because under the transmissible spongiform encephalopathy legislation, which covers BSE controls, they have to be disposed of as animal by-products and should not enter the food chain.

Investigations are continuing and other products may be affected. The Agency will advise consumers as soon as information becomes available.


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