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February 26th, 2008
Schools to destroy recalled beef

By IRIS CAMPBELL

San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District is about to destroy 20 cases of Westland ground beef it has been holding as part of a national recall on the meat since Jan. 30.

The Texas Department of Agriculture is calling the hold a Class II recall, which is described as a health hazard situation where there is a remote possibility of adverse health consequences from the use of the product. Guidelines of how to destroy the beef have been set by The Food and Nutrition Division of the Commodity Distribution Program. The San Marcos CISD Associate Director of Child Nutrition Mike Boone said there are 20 cases of beef currently being held and will be destroyed Wednesday.

Most of the recalled beef products made their way into Central Texas schools. Round Rock ISD had 625 cases of the Westland beef.

The beef was recalled as the result of an undercover investigation by the Human Society that showed videos of cattle too injured or sick to stand for slaughter line in a California Meat Company. The matter is still under investigation by the USDA. The government decided not to take chances and ordered the product to be destroyed.

The deadline to destroy the product and provide documentation is March 31. The school district will be reimbursed for any costs associated with destroying the meat.

San Marcos CISD received the administration hold notice on the Westland meat product on Feb. 1. and immediately located the 20 cases of beef. The cases have been held waiting to be destroyed while the SMCISD received instructions from the USDA.

Associate Director Boone said that school menus were immediately adjusted to comply with the recall, stating, “The health and safety of our school children is our utmost concern.” The USDA has not announced any health risks associated with the ground beef, and to date, there have been no reports of illness or injury due to the consumption of the beef.

— FROM SAN MARCOS CISD

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