Meatpacker recalls 33,000 lbs. of beef tongue

October 16, 2009 7:48:15 AM PDT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Nebraska meatpacker has recalled 33,000 pounds of beef tongue. The agency announced in a news release Thursday that inspectors discovered the tonsils had not been completely removed from the tongues processed by J.F. O'Neill Packing Co. of Omaha.

Tonsils are a specified risk material for mad cow disease and are required to be removed from cattle of all ages.

The USDA says the recall, which involves tongues packed from July 1 through Oct. 8, represents a low risk to human health.

The beef was shipped primarily to distribution centers in Nebraska and California.

Each recalled case bears the establishment number "EST. 889A" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

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