Beef tonsils prompt recall

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A North Dakota bison processor is recalling about 25,000 pounds of whole beef heads because the animals' tonsils may not have been taken out.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says tonsils must be removed from all cattle to guard against the possible spread of mad cow disease.

An agency statement says the heads were produced at the North American Bison Cooperative's plant in New Rockford between June 25, 2009, and Feb. 19, 2010. They were shipped to distribution centers in Minnesota, Michigan and Maryland.

The problem was discovered during a federal inspection of the cooperative's plant. The agency says the health risk to the public is low.

Ill workers await compensation

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) -- More than a dozen workers sickened two years ago at a southern Minnesota meat-processing plant by inhaling bits of pig brains are still waiting for compensation.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports they are among 21 employees at Quality Pork Processing in Austin who were diagnosed with the neurological disease.

All of them made claims for medical expenses and lost wages. While all received medical benefits, plant officials say 13 still have claims pending for the rest.

Quality Pork CEO Kelly Wadding says the whole thing has taken a long time because the worker's comp process is slow, but the company is committed to getting the workers the benefits they deserve.

Rochester attorney Thomas Patterson, who represents 10 plant workers, agrees it's a tedious process.

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