County schools pull beef

No raw meat served in New­ton County

The Covington News - - Local News -

The New­ton County School Sys­tem was no­ti­fied on Feb. 4 that the U. S. De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture has placed an ad­min­is­tra­tive hold on cer­tain cases of ground beef crum­bles the dis­trict re­cently re­ceived. Upon no­ti­fi­ca­tion, the school sys­tem im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied cases of beef from the list of “ On Hold” lot num­bers and iso­lated them from the rest of the food in­ven­tory.

Ac­cord­ing to the USDA, the hold is a re­sult of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion for the pos­si­ble in­hu­mane treat­ment of cat­tle at a pro­cess­ing plant. It is not due to any type of food con­tam­i­na­tion or re­ports of food- borne ill­ness.

The last time any beef crum­bles were served in the school dis­trict was well be­fore the USDA’s no­ti­fi­ca­tion to place cer­tain cases of beef on hold. It is pos­si­ble that some of the beef in ques­tion may have been used prior to that no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The dis­trict has not been no­ti­fied of any re­ports of food- borne ill­ness at any of the county schools. The USDA has not re­called the meat at this time or in­structed the school sys­tem to de­stroy it.

The Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has an­nounced that the USDA has ex­tended the hold un­til Wed­nes­day. The beef on hold has been pulled and iso­lated from the rest of the school sys­tem’s sup­ply of beef crum­bles and is not be­ing served to stu­dents.

The New­ton County School Sys­tem has sev­eral al­ter­na­tive prod­ucts avail­able from its food ven­dor that can be or­dered should the need ar­rive. As a re­sult, there is no need to change school menus un­less the dis­trict is no­ti­fied that al­ter­na­tive items can­not be de­liv­ered prior to the menu date.

New­ton County School Sys­tem does not serve USDA raw beef prod­ucts from any source in our schools. All beef prod­ucts are fully cooked be­fore they are ever de­liv­ered to the school sys­tem. Once at the school, beef crum­bles are thor­oughly heated again

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