Mich. Schools Got Recalled Beef

February 19, 2008

Some meat for school lunches in Michigan has been affected by the largest beef recall ever in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. in Southern California after an undercover video showing crippled and sick animals being shoved with forklifts.

Some of the beef went to school lunch programs in districts including Grand Rapids Public Schools, which must throw out 10 tons of hamburger.

Paul Baumgartner, director of nutrition services for Grand Rapids schools, told The Grand Rapids Press that the school district learned of a potential problem through a USDA notice sent two weeks ago.

Ann Arbor Public Schools spokesman Liz Margolis told The Ann Arbor News that the district has about 200 pounds of quarantined beef.

No illnesses have been linked to the recalled meat, and officials say the health threat likely is small.

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