Local schools got beef targeted in recall

Eight Jackson County school districts received some of the 143 million pounds of beef that were recalled in late January because of the alleged abuse and slaughter of sick cattle, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported. Correction: See below.

Ashland, Butte Falls, Central Point, Eagle Point, Medford, Phoenix-Talent and Rogue River school districts and St. Mary's School in Medford received the beef between February 2006 and February 2008.

It was not clear early today how much of the beef each school district received and when.

The school districts were included in a nationwide list of schools that received the beef.

The USDA recalled the beef — the largest recall in U.S. history — after the Humane Society released video showing workers at a Hallmark/Westland Meat Pack Co. in Chino, Calif., slaughtering sick and injured cows. The USDA no longer uses Hallmark/Westland for its school lunches or other programs.

On the Web: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/safety/Hallmark-Westland_byState.pdf

— Paris Achen

Correction: The initial list from the USDA misidentified a local school district, so it was omitted from the initial version of this story. The date of the recall was also incorrect. The current story has been corrected.

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