16 March 2011

This tag reads "SRM" because it's attached to a carcass of an animal that was more than 30 months old when slaughtered. SRMs (Specified Risk Materials) are those parts, mostly heavy in nervous system tissue, that are the "most likely" vectors for bovine spongiform encephalopothy.


2 thoughts on “16 March 2011

    • 30 months is the “magic” age in the U.S. for which SRMs need to be removed. They include: tonsils, eye, brain, spinal cord, dorsal root ganglia, even the spinal column. Just about the only bone-in beef products we sell here are cross-cut shanks and 7-bone chuck roasts.

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