Defense Commissary Officials say that no beef in any of their 275 commissaries worldwide has been involved in a USDA recall. On Dec. 23, the Department of Agriculture began a limited recall of 10,000 pounds of beef that may have originated from a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy – also known as “mad cow” disease – in Washington state. USDA investigators have determined that the recalled meat went to a few commercial markets in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and Guam as well as Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. No commissaries received any of those shipments, emphasized the official. Mad cow is a fatal disease that destroys the brains of the infected animals. A rare form of the disease in humans has been linked to the consumption of contaminated beef products. Some 140 human deaths linked to mad cow disease have mainly occurred in Britain.