Nearly 60K pounds of ground beef recalled after plastic found in meat destined for school lunches

By Lance Tillson, National Monitor | September 20, 2013

Nearly 60K pounds of ground beef recalled after plastic found in meat destined for school lunches

FSIS and Central Valley Meat Company have gotten no declarations of illness or injury because of the recalled products.

According to news release from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, Central Valley Meat Company has recalled nearly 60,000 pounds of ground beef destined for school lunches after tiny pieces of plastic were found in the meat.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said that 40-pound cases holding 10-pound chubs of “Fine Ground Beef” were included in the recall.

The recalled products were sent to shipping centers in Arkansas, California, Montana and Texas and were destined for utilization by the National School Lunch Program.

The FSIS found the issue during a review due to customer grievances. FSIS and Central Valley Meat Company have gotten no declarations of illness or injury because of the recalled products. However, individuals worried about an illness or injury should consult a physician.

FSIS regularly carries out recall efficacy tests to find out whether recalling companies tell their customers about the recall and that all the necessary precautions are taken to ensure that the recalled product is no longer accessible to consumers.

According to Food Safety News, Central Valley Meat Company was prevented from handing over meat to the National School Lunch Program in 2012 after an animal-rights group made public a video revealing mishandling of cows moved to the company for butchering. The company reopened after several fixes were made.

What do you think of school lunches? Should Central Valley Meat Company be allowed to continue providing beef to the National School Lunch Program? Sound off in the comments section.

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