Where’s the beef? It’s now back in Grand Junction public schools | PostIndependent.com

Where’s the beef? It’s now back in Grand Junction public schools

Staff Report, Grand Junction Correspondents
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION ” After a month without hamburgers or sloppy joes, beef will return to School District 51 menus this week.

A national voluntary beef recall by the United States Department of Agriculture Feb. 19 left lunch trays empty of the meat and led the school district to voluntarily hold 1,500 cases of beef for five weeks. All but six of the cases have been cleared for serving based on USDA and vendor lot numbers. The six cases with lot numbers that show the beef came from Westland Inc., a plant with sub-standard practices, have been destroyed. District 51 has also received new beef from a new vendor.

Dan Sharp, director of nutrition and food services for District 51, said he’s “pleased schools can now get back to serving our regular menus.”

“While this was a longer process than we expected, it was necessary to take these steps to ensure students are being served safe nutritious meals,” Sharp said.

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