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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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