Beef recall hits Philly schools

February 20, 2008 3:46:34 PM PST
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are among the school districts and vocational and religious schools that are affected by the nation's largest beef recall.

196 Pennsylvania school districts received beef from the California meatpacking firm, Hallmark/Westland, at the center of the recall.

No word from Philadelphia on how much was received here.

Pittsburgh says it's holding 12-thousand pounds, stored in a food service center, awaiting federal word on how to dispose of it.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture told Action News that it was notified by the USDA 2 and a half weeks ago to hold the beef, pending further investigation. When the recall was formalized on Sunday, the schools were notified.

Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff on Tuesday urged the schools as a precaution to destroy any beef they received from a California slaughterhouse that is the subject of an animal-abuse investigation.

Delaware schools say they didn't get any of the suspect beef.

143 million pounds - largest in U-S history - was recalled after an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the U.S. revealed that sick cattle were being used at the Chino, California slaughterhouse.

The company is the second largest supplier of meat to the federal school lunch program.

No illnesses have been reported and some of the meat has already been consumed, with no reports of people getting sick..