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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - At least 17 Kentucky school districts are disposing hundreds of pounds of meat as part of the largest nationwide beef recall in history.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of beef Sunday from a Southern California slaughterhouse that is under investigation for animal abuse.
The company provided meat to various federal programs, including Kentucky school lunches. Officials estimate that about 37 million pounds of the recalled beef went to school programs, though most of the meat already has been consumed.
The recall affects beef products dating to Feb. 1, 2006.
A spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture says 17 Kentucky school districts have received recalled beef products, but no illnesses have been reported.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com
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