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Harrison County schools not included in beef recall

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By Becky Barnes

Harrison County schools' beef is not part of the major recall for nearly 143 million pounds of raw and frozen beef products.

According to Tammy Klapheke, Harrison County district food director, the recall is for that beef which is a commodity product used only for processing.

School districts can use their commodity money to have their beef processed by another company into burgers, meatballs, sloppy joes, etc.

Harrison County does not do this with beef, Klapheke said.

The recalled beef went directly from Hallmark/Westland to other processors to be processed into other products before going to Kentucky schools, according to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Division of Food Distribution.

The recall came as a result of The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture's declaration of the beef being unsafe for human consumption because the cattle did not receive complete and proper inspection, according to a release from the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

USDA has ordered that all beef products from Hallmark/Westland since Feb. 1, 2006, and all foods produced with Hallmark/Westland beef processed since that date be destroyed.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall on Sunday. USDA officials said about 37 million pounds of the recalled beef went to the National School Lunch Program and other domestic nutrition programs nationwide. A small portion of that beef was distributed to at least 17 school districts in Kentucky.