32 Georgia school systems will get rid of recalled beef

February 19, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) -- Thirty-two school systems around Georgia have been preparing to destroy thousands of pounds of meat after an undercover video showing crippled and sick animals being shoved with forklifts prompted the nation's largest beef recall.

The US Department of Agriculture ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of beef from a southern California slaughterhouse that is the subject of an animal-abuse investigation.

The recall will affect beef products dating to February First, 2006, that came from Chino, California.-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Company. The company provided meat to various federal programs.

In Forsyth County, school officials plan today to destroy eleven cases of frozen beef patties that were found at six schools and are part of the recall.

In Gwinnett County, school officials are still awaiting word on specifics of the disposal process.

In Georgia, 37 school systems are believed to have bought meat that came from Westland/Hallmark. Of those, 32 reported finding some of the meat in their storage rooms when the on-hold notice went out late last month.

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