Beef is Back for District 51 Schools

A worker throws a piece of meat among cattle carcass scraps dropped into a truck at the Hallmark Meat Packing slaughterhouse in Chino, Calif. in this Jan. 30, 2008 file photo. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled 143 million pounds of frozen beef from from Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. a Southern California slaughterhouse that is being investigated for mistreating cattle. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Following the national beef recall on February 19th, the District will be begin serving beef again next week.

The District held 1,500 cases of beef during a voluntary recall following the relevation of sub-standard practices at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company. Based on lot numbers provided by the USDA and affected vendors, the District Identified and destroyed six unopened cases of beef that originated from the California slaughterhouse. The remaining cases have been verified and cleared for service in lunch menus.

"We are pleased schools can now get back to serving our regular menus," said Dan sharp, director of Nutrition/Food Services for the school district. "While this is a longer process than we expected, it was necessary to take these steps to ensure students are being served safe, nutritious meals."