WPR News
7:41 am
Wed December 24, 2008

Elk meat recall in Colorado

Longmont, Colo. – Consumers are being warned not to eat some elk meat sold at a recent farmers' market in Longmont, Colorado.

State and Boulder County health officers issued a recall Wednesday for elk meat sold Dec. 13 at a farmers' market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.

The meat comes from elk found to have chronic wasting disease at High Wire Ranch in Hotchkiss. Though the disease is thought to be harmless to humans, health officials still warn against eating meat from infected animals.

Colorado epidemiologist John Pape says the meat was tested when the elk were slaughtered, but the results weren't known until after the meat was sold.

The disease has been traced to three or four elk. The meat packaging shows a USDA triangle containing the number 34645.