USDA: Guam, Hawaii got no recalled beef, report says
HAGATNA, Guam — None of the recently recalled beef associated with a Washington state cow that tested positive for mad cow disease was shipped to Guam or Hawaii, U.S. officials say.
U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman Robert Larew said inspectors determined beef from the cow never reached the islands, the Pacific Daily News reported Friday.
After the Dec. 23 discovery of the cow with mad cow disease — known scientifically as bovine spongiform encephalopathy — the U.S. government recalled more than 10,000 pounds of beef slaughtered and processed at the same time and location as meat from the infected cow.
Earlier in the week, USDA officials said Guam and nine states may have received some of that meat.
Guam Congressional Delegate Madeleine Bordallo said island consumers can buy American beef with confidence, the newspaper reported. She said USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services told her Guam received no meat from Vern’s Moses Lake Meats, the slaughterhouse in Moses Lake, Wash., where the infected cow was butchered.
Defense Commissary Agency officials also said this week that no beef sold in the 275 military commissaries worldwide was subject to the USDA recall.
DECA says, concerned customers may, nevertheless, return beef to their commissary for a full refund.
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