Dept of Education clarifies school 'beef recall' is actually 'product retrieval'
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On Monday night, the Idaho State Department of Education clarified that a previously announced "beef recall" is officially a "product retrieval" as approved by the USDA. A product retrieval involves a lower food safety risk.
The State Department of Education was notified on Monday afternoon that the Central Valley Meat Company had issued a product retrieval for ground beef with the lot number of 6063A3089A with a production date of 3/30/2013. The product was retrieved because it may contain small pieces of plastic.
The beef was allegedly delivered to 86 different Idaho School Food Authorities from July 2nd through September 6th, 2013.
The product retrieval states that the product may have been served at some schools in Idaho; however, no schools have reported any problems or concerns.
School districts and other organizations were notified on Monday and asked to segregate the product.
Schools are being required to email the State Department of Education with the number of cases on hand. Northwest Distribution, the state’s contractor, will replace the product.
The retrieved beef will be destroyed.