Beef Recall Hits Close To Home

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

School District 51 officials announce Tuesday they will drastically change their school lunch menus after learning their beef vendor has distributed beef that was recalled over the weekend.

Sunday, the federal government ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of beef, the largest recall of its kind in U.S. history.

As a result, school officials say until they receive further notice from the USDA, beef products will not be served in school cafeterias. They say they are making this move as a precautionary measure and at the request of their vendor.

School District 51 says it is still waiting to learn more from its vendor, but at this point it does not believe any of the recalled beef has made its way into local schools.

"I don't think there needs to be any kind of worry or any kind of scare," said School District 51 spokesperson Jeff Kirtland. "This is a low health risk, voluntary recall. Certainly our interest is to ensure that parents know there is going to be a change."

According to the school district's beef provider, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says beef involved in the recall presented a low health risk to humans.

School officials say they will continue to communicate with parents until the issue is resolved.

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