School district disposes of 22 cases of pre-cooked beef

Published on Thu, Mar 6, 2008 by Jack Kintner

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School district disposes of 22 cases of pre-cooked beef

By Jack Kintner

Following the advice of the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Blaine school district got rid of 22 cases of pre-cooked beef product last Monday, according to superintendent Ron Spanjer.

This was done after Westland/Hallmark Meat Company of Chino, California, issued the largest beef recall in history last week when U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors found that they may have butchered and sold sick animals based on evidence gathered by the Humane Society of the United States.

Westland/Hallmark is a major supplier to public school cafeterias, so OSPI ordered a recall of their own earlier last week and inventories in Blaine were checked, but nothing was found.

A secondary hold was issued by OSPI on Thursday of last week and 22 cases of product were found. The next day OSPI issued an order for the product to be destroyed.

“That took place last Monday off site and in a manner directed by OSPI,” Spanjer said, adding, “It is important to note that none of the product on the hold and subsequent destroy list was served in our program. There is no product left in our inventory associated with this recall.”

Other school board news

In other matters the school board made an adjustment to their current budget in order to be able to purchase another school bus. They also recognized this year’s National Merit scholarship finalist Kieran Lyons.

School board officials also honored the high school wrestling team for its second place finish at the state tournament and its coach, Craig Foster, for being named state 2A wrestling coach of the year.