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Cargill recalls beef over mad cow disease fears

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A Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Milwaukee is voluntarily recalling over 5,500 pounds of beef tongues because the tonsils may not have been completely removed.

      The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says tonsils need to be removed because the tissue could contain the infective agent in cattle with mad cow disease.

      Removing the tonsils minimizes potential human exposure; there's no indication these cattle were infected.

      Cargill spokesman Mark Klein says the company acted quickly when the problem was discovered.

      The recall includes various weight cases of "Beef Tongue Number 1 White." Each case has the establishment number EST.17690. The affected packages were produced between Oct. 12 and Oct. 14 and were shipped to distribution centers in Illinois.

      Cargill Meat Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cargill Inc., based in Wayzata, Minn.