Food service employee Robin Dorr slices pizza in the kitchen at Steamboat Springs High School on Wednesday morning. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled 143 million pounds of beef, and about 120 pounds remain in the South Routt and Hayden school districts. The meat will be disposed of.

Photo by Brian Ray

Food service employee Robin Dorr slices pizza in the kitchen at Steamboat Springs High School on Wednesday morning. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled 143 million pounds of beef, and about 120 pounds remain in the South Routt and Hayden school districts. The meat will be disposed of.

South Routt, Hayden schools dispose of recalled beef

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— Of the 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse recalled Sunday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 120 pounds remain in the South Routt and Hayden school districts.

The Steamboat Springs School District did not receive any of the recalled meat from the Chino, Calif.-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., in what is now being called the largest beef recall in United States history.

USDA officials announced the recall Sunday after the Humane Society of the United States released undercover video showing crippled and sick animals at the slaughterhouse being shoved with forklifts. The recall affects beef products dating to Feb. 1, 2006.

Nancy Spencer, Hayden's director of food services, said she is storing beef from Westland that was shipped to the school district through the Colorado Department of Education's Nutrition Unit.

South Routt and Hayden schools participate in the National School Lunch Program, which distributes subsidized food products to schools, including the recalled frozen beef.

"We got about 30 pounds of it here that we are holding in freezers," she said. "Our trashman comes (today), and we'll get him to take it out to the landfill."

Spencer was unable to say exactly how much Westland beef was shipped to Hayden or how much of the meat may have been consumed by students.

South Routt's nutrition manager, Charlotte Whaley, said she received notice Wednesday from state education officials that recalled meat also was sent to South Routt. She also didn't know how much meat was shipped to the school district dating to the beginning of the recall, but 90 pounds of beef remains.

"I received notice a couple weeks ago that the beef may have come from California, so we put it all on hold," she said. "I received an e-mail (Wednesday from the CDE) for me to dispose of it."

Whaley said she also will dispose of the beef through Waste Management, and she expects to be reimbursed by the CDE.

USDA officials estimate that about 37 million pounds of the recalled beef went to school programs, but they believe most of the meat probably already has been eaten. No illnesses have been linked to the newly recalled meat, and officials said the health threat was likely small.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said earlier this week that his department has evidence that Westland did not routinely contact its veterinarian when cattle became nonambulatory after passing inspection - a violation of health regulations.

Spencer and Whaley said they have not received any calls from parents concerned about the recall, but Steamboat's director of food services, Max Huppert, said he has fielded many calls from the public.

"I've told them that we don't use any of their products and we don't use beef from that company," he said.

- To reach Mike McCollum, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmccollum@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

another_local 6 years, 1 month ago

Those are some ugly pizzas. Where do they come from?

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80488mom 6 years, 1 month ago

Another Local: Ugly pizzas??? I thought they looked good. Seriously.

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id04sp 6 years, 1 month ago

See that big machine right behind the lunch lady's elbow? That's a commercial mixer. It's used to mix batter for things like bread, rolls and pizza skins. Considering what it costs to make a pizza, versus buying one, I sure hope the schools are doing it from scratch since they are paying employees to be there to prepare food.

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Queenie 6 years, 1 month ago

another_local: my gosh, what brought on such a negative comment about a very neutral picture.

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letomayo 6 years, 1 month ago

anotherloco, those pizzas looked pretty good to me but I'm always hungry. where did your comment come from?

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Brian Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

Looked pretty good for school food to me as well.

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another_local 6 years, 1 month ago

Sorry. Bad morning. I never did like the stuff that gets called sausage on most pizza.

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Queenie 6 years, 1 month ago

another_local: forgiven. Sausage is......well, it is what it is...I try not to think about it.

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corduroy 6 years, 1 month ago

they look a lot better than what we had when I was in school.. just cheese pizza, and the square slices. They just made giant trays of it these kids get toppings!! dude! and round pies that look like more effort goes into them

nevermind meat.. I'm a vegetarian :)

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80488mom 6 years, 1 month ago

We've all had those.....bad mornings. Hope your day improves and hoped your mom packed lunch today :-)

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nmypinon 6 years, 1 month ago

What difference does it make if the slaughter houses walk the cow in today(which apparently is O.K. leagally ) no matter how sick she is, or push her in tomorrow her meat still has the same viris, bacteria or chemicals. Things don"t that much in one day. There needs to be a much better system for checking the health of our meats. Any time you buy meat from the grocery stores there is no guarantee that it's not from a sick animal. Why do you suppose CANCER is so rampant. And all the food allergys. It's not the foods,it's the fertilizers, dyes, pesticides' additives, etc, that everyone is allergic to. Has anyone tried to buy a can of "chicken broth". Just look at the labels. There is so much stuff ( ingriedents" ) I don't see how our government lets it be called chicken broth !!!So the slaughter houses are processing tainted meat. Whats new.What happened to USDA inspected meat. It used to mean the meat was guarenteed untainted. Seems like now it means that the cow could still walk.There should be a Government inspector that checks every animal ,every day ,at every plant. Sure there still would be some sick ones that slip by but not like now!!! JUST FEED IT TO OUR YOUNG AND OLD UNTIL IT'S ALMOST GONE AND THEN RECALL A SMALL PERCENTAGE. Then wait a few years and wounder why a big surge in diseases that were almost unheard of ie.Autisim ,etc.

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nmypinon 6 years, 1 month ago

Oh, and another thing, why doesn't the USDA test the remaining meat so we know if we got any tainted stuff here so maybe if the kids turn up sick down the road they would at least have a clue as to what might be wrong with them. Just throw the rest in the land fill so nothing can be traced later on if something does turn up.

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emmalee 6 years, 1 month ago

MMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmm, MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmm, Moldy beef the other white meat.

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