Two recalls over the past week involved beef tongues that might have been shipped without the tonsils completely removed. Tonsils are considered a “specific risk material” for BSE, and USDA regulations specify their removal. Packer export most beef tongues to Mexico and other international markets. This week, Cargill announced a recall of 5,500 pounds of beef tongue shipped from a plant in Milwaukee. This follows an earlier recall of about 33,000 pounds of tongue processed at J.F. O'Neill Packing Co. of Omaha, Neb. In both cases, the cause of the recall was the same – tonsil tissue included with the beef tongues. There was no indication of BSE or any significant safety risk in either case.