At least 4,000 pounds of pricey rib-eye and other cuts of beef have been yanked from Whole Foods shelves after the meat was found to possibly contain contaminated materials linked to mad cow disease.

The beef was produced and packaged between September 2013 and April 2014.


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The affected beef was processed at Fruitland American Meat in Jackson, Missouri, and distributed to a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut, which services its New England stores, and a restaurant in New York City and another one in Kansas City, Missouri.