Levy Schools steer clear of tainted beef

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By Claude Lewis

Parents nationwide were alarmed and appalled when they learned that a major beef supplier to schools across the country was being accused of cattle abuse.

A recent video showed sick cows heading to the slaughterhouse at the California-based Westland/Hallmark plant.

Worries ran rampant of potentially diseased meat being fed to schoolkids across the USA.

Reportedly, a record 143 million pounds of beef was recalled –37 million which was targeted for school lunch programs.

While some schools in the north central Florida area were affected by the recall, Levy County Schools has steered in the clear.

"We've been on top of it from day one,"said county schools food cooordinator Candy Barber. "From the Superintendent down to the management."

Barber's investigation has found no beef from the beleagured plant.

"We don't have any of the beef that's being recalled,"she said. "The buying group we're in doesn't use their beef. We're part of U.S. Foods. They supply us with Tyson beef and Tyson chicken. The ones that are affected are with the Florida Buying Group. Tyson doesn't deal with them."

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