While the USDA says the “bulk” of the tainted ground meat has not left the warehouse, schools should still be on the watch for this meat.
They recalled 40,000 pounds of frozen fine ground beef products which may contain E.Coli. (Lab results had confirmed E.Coli in some of the beef.)
This company indicated the beef was produced on Sept. 9 and shipped to two warehouses in Georgia; which in turn would have shipped it to six Georgia school districts. This is in connection to the National School Lunch Program.
Since the districts were not listed, it is unclear if this would include Atlanta City Schools and other metro-Atlanta schools.
While this recall is now limited to this one batch (and was headed to Georgia schools), a careful eye should be peeled; as many times after a recall is issued others may follow.
While they say the “bulk” was not distributed to the schools (and they are unaware of any reports of illness), that leaves the public wondering just how much may have been sent to these schools already. Concerned parents should make sure to check with their individual schools.
This meat came in 40 pound boxes containing four 10-pound chubs of finely ground beef. Each case beats “EST 7282” inside the USDA mark of inspection and a production code of 19110.
One can only wonder why it had the inspection code (and was distributed) and if the E-coli had been found in the presence of this product, how did it pass inspection?
Lab results on Sept. 22 confirmed the presence of E. coli bacteria in the Palo Duro Meat frozen ground beef, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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“As yet the USDA says that most of the beef concerned in the recall has not left the main warehouses and as far as they know the meat has not yet been served up in schools, according to a CNN report. Cases for the contaminated products are marked with “Est. 7282” with a production code of 19110 and the meat is packed in 40-pound boxes.
The Food Poison Journal reports that a positive result for E.coli Amarillo-based Palo Duro Meat, a subsidiary of Hereford-based Caviness Beef Packers, is recalling 40,000 pounds of frozen fine ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli. O157:H7 was confirmed following a review of lab results
Palo Duro Meat produces about 1 million pounds of ground beef weekly, according to the Caviness Beef Packers website, owner Terry Caviness. http://cavinessbeefpackersltd.com/humane.htm
There are no reports any illness thus far. However parents should always be aware of the symptoms of E-coli.
Bloody diarrhea and dehydration. This can also lead to kidney failure. Those most at risk for E.coli are small children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.
As a parent do you take these recalls seriously when they could involve the health of your child? Have any school kids in your circle become ill with any of these symptoms recently? Shouldn’t this meat going to a school have been thoroughly inspected before leaving the plant?
Let us know with your comments.
At the time of publishing, the FDA site did not show this recall: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm