School System Is Dealing With Beef Recall

It's the largest beef recall ever and eastern Kentucky Schools are checking their freezers.

The Hallmark-Westland Meat Packing Company of California is voluntarily recalling more than 143-million pounds of beef products.

More than one thousand hungry mouths come in and out of the Perry County Central High School cafeteria every day, but since the first of February there's been no beef on their lunch trays.

“They didn't know for sure if the beef we have, if there's health risks for it at all but to be safe we were to still hold it until they notified us,” Linda Campbell said.

USDA officials determined the millions of pounds of raw and frozen beef from Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing are unfit for human food because the cattle did not receive complete and proper inspection.

The undercover video shot by the humane society shows workers at a California slaughterhouse going to extremes to get weak and sickened cows to stand-up so they could pass inspection.

USDA officials say they have found evidence the plant had a practice dating back to at least February 2006 of occasionally slaughtering "Downer Cows" the ones that can't walk because of illness or injury.

“Monday the news broke that there's a recall on the same beef that we are holding so its good to know that we were ahead of the game and weren't using the beef that needed to be recalled,” Campbell said.

Perry County School officials say they are now just waiting to hear what they need to do with the beef and they hope they are compensated financially.

Kentucky Department of Agriculture officials say they have a list of schools that say they have the beef in stock.


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  • by fred Location: roberts on Jul 1, 2008 at 03:06 AM
    Unfortunately, this is not an isolated situation. This is happening in other areas of Kentucky also. We need to start caring what happens to our children and there schooling, for one day they will be in charge of our retirement plans, our retirement homes, our medical care, etc… Let’s make sure they stay educated and informed so we can take care of their future now, and in the future they will be able to have the education and knowledge to make sure that we are also taken care of in our golden years. If education doesn’t seem to be a concern to you, remember it is not only their future at stake, but yours too.
  • by fred Location: roberts on Jul 1, 2008 at 03:05 AM
    Another problem with the elementary schools in Hyden is when they have detention they are held after school from 3pm to 6pm. This means that the children are going without any type of food from their lunch time around noon until the time that they get home, after 6pm. There are school systems that have their detention during school hours and the children have a normal schedule. Even a happy medium would be better than having them go that long without any nourishment.
  • by fred Location: roberts on Jul 1, 2008 at 03:04 AM
    There currently isn’t a middle school, and the middle school students have to go to school under the same roof as the high school students. Children have enough influences to overcome as it is, putting pre-teens with teenagers puts much more temptation and peer pressure to try to “fit in”. This certainly isn’t going to help the pre- teen / teenage pregnancy numbers. This will also expose the younger children to smoking and drugs. That is something that they will run across anyway, but just maybe with the 2 extra years to have guidance and teachings about peer pressure and doing the right thing could minimize the chances of losing our youth. They try to grow up before there time as it is. It is our job to help them remain children while we can, instead of shoving into situations where they will feel pressured to blend in and act older.
  • by fred Location: roberts on Jul 1, 2008 at 03:03 AM
    Children are our future? If children are our future, then why are school systems such as Hyden, in Leslie County closing 2 elementary schools and putting them in one school. This will mean that there will be over 30 students per class and that drastically will reduce the individual one on one attention and tutoring from the teacher to the student. The children already having a hard time are going to fall even further behind. They have plans of building 1 new school. This still poses the lack of attention and help per student. There is an approximate 50% drop out of rate for students in this area as it is. Not to mention that the teenage pregnancy numbers just keep rising. Yet the system is worried about the bottom line of squeezing funds regardless how it diminishes the opportunities for our children to become productive citizens and future leaders.
  • by J Location: KY on Feb 20, 2008 at 03:46 AM
    As of late Monday afternoon, the following school districts had informed the Kentucky Department of Agriculture that they had received product covered by the Westland beef recall: Anderson County Breckinridge County Clark County Erlanger Independent Hardin County Henry County Jefferson County Marshall County Mayfield Independent Meade County Montgomery County Perry County Shelby County Marion County Fayette County Daviess County Fulton County
  • by ABC Location: Somerset on Feb 19, 2008 at 11:14 AM
    Here is the link to the list http://www.kyagr.com/pr/SchoolDistrictsList.htm
  • by concerned mom Location: jackson, ky. on Feb 19, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    I AM LOOKING FOR THE LIST OF SCHOOLS THAT HAVE DISTRIBUTED THIS MEAT. I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT MY OLDEST CHILD CONSUMED THIS MEAT AND WAS VERY SICK WITH HIS STOMACH AND ALOT OF PAIN FOR NEARLY A WEEK. ALONG WITH THIS PAIN AND SICKNESS HE ALSO HAD A FEVER. THE DOCTOR AT THAT POINT FELT IT WAS A STOMACH VIRUS OF SOME SORT BUT STILL WASNT SURE. MY CHILD HAD BLOOD DRAWN AS WELL AS X RAYS TO TRY AND DETERMINE THE EXACT PROBLEM. WITH NO EXPLANATION EXCEPT FOR A MAYBE VIRUS AND ELEVATED BLOOD COUNT! AND OF COURSE HAD TO MISS 3 DAYS OF SCHOOL BECAUSE OF THE SICKNESS. STILL AT THIS POINT WE CANT BE CERTAIN BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS FOOD MAY HAVE BEEN THE CAUSE. AS A MOTHER I ONLY WANT TO KNOW. IT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN DUE TO THIS RECALL BUT AN EXACT ANSWER IS BETTER THAN A MAYBE VIRUS! AS OF NOW I AM ONLY GRATEFUL THAT MY CHILD IS NOW FINE.
  • by Mary Location: Ky on Feb 19, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    This is just the company that got caught. I am sure they are not the only food preparation plant that is unclean with our food. If we were smart we would grow & raise our own food like we use to do. All this filth & preservatives are what is killing people & causing so many diseases. I bet we would never eat processed foods again if we just saw how it gets prepared. I saw the video & it sickened me to think someone could be so cruel for money.
  • by Darlene Location: Clay County on Feb 19, 2008 at 04:50 AM
    It is a shame that our government employees so many people to inspect our food supply in America and we still are unable to eat products and know they are safe to consume.
  • by donovan Location: ca on Feb 18, 2008 at 05:15 PM
    HAHAHAH theirs whitney at the end!!! woot
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