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Tift County cafeterias destroy bad beef

February 19, 2008

Tifton -- Hundreds of tiny hands feed themselves daily with the food provided by school lunch rooms. Meals that Pat Douglas has helped prepare for the past 17 years. "I enjoy it . I enjoy the kids. I started out at junior high and worked all the way down to Pre-K."

But this week's beef recall sent cafeteria workers across Tift county into school freezers. "We went into the freezer and pulled everything we had," said Douglas.

School nutrition workers have had to check lot numbers and dates to make sure that none of the contaminated foods end up on students plates.

"It was about 15 cases totaling 12 schools that were involved , a little bit of hamburger patties and some taco meat," said School Nutrition Director, Licia Nicholson.

And those 12 schools were each given specific instructions on how to destroy the tainted supply.

"Open the cases, open the product, put it into the dumpster and pour bleach all over it. So that it can't possibly be entered into the food supply," said Nicholson.

Food inspection officials say the health risks from eating the contaminated beef is very low, but school nutrition workers aren't taken any chances.

"Parents can be assured that schools through out the nation are very diligent of their food supplies. The USDA and the safety and inspection service are all involved," said Nicholson. "Our employees are well-trained and they know what they are doing."

So parents can rest assured that their children's meals are safe.

Almost one thousand dollars worth of beef is being destroyed in Tift county as part of this recall.

Here is the list of 28 Georgia school districts that have been ordered by the state to pull potentially tainted beef from their shelves:

  • Barrow County
  • Bartow County
  • Carroll County
  • Carrollton City
  • Cartersville County
  • Cherokee County
  • Clayton County
  • Cobb County
  • Coffee County
  • Dalton City
  • Decatur County
  • DeKalb County
  • Fannin County
  • Floyd County
  • Forsyth County
  • Fulton County
  • Gordon County
  • Grady County
  • Griffin-Spalding
  • Gwinett County
  • Jackson County
  • Lamar County
  • Marion County
  • Murray County
  • Muscogee County
  • Newton County
  • Pickens County
  • Tift County

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