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Schools alerted to ‘retrieval’ of contaminated ground beef

 

Shipments of ground beef, possibly contaminated with small pieces of plastic, may have been shipped to Idaho schools between July 2 and Friday.

According to a state Department of Education media advisory Monday, the contaminated beef “may have been served in some schools in Idaho; however, to date, no Idaho schools have reported problems or concerns with this product.”

The shipments may have gone to 78 school districts and charter schools across the state. To see if your local school is on the list, click on this link.

The contaminated beef is the subject of a “product retrieval,” not a recall. A product retrieval denotes a lesser health risk than a product recall.

Here’s the Education Department media advisory, in full:

“The Idaho State Department of Education was notified today that Central Valley Meat Company has issued a product retrieval for Ground Beef with lot number 6063A3089A with a production date of 3/30/2013.  This product is being recalled because it may contain small pieces of plastic. 

“This product was delivered to 86 different Idaho School Food Authorities from July 2, 2013 through September 6, 2013. It may have been served in some schools in Idaho; however, to date, no Idaho schools have reported problems or concerns with this product.

“As of today, school districts and other organizations that may have received this product were notified immediately and asked to identify and segregate the recalled product. Once identified, schools are to send an email to the State Department of Education with the number of cases on hand, and Northwest Distribution, the state’s contractor, will make arrangements to pick up and replace this ground beef.  The recalled product will be destroyed.”

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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