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Beef recall affected HCPS

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By The Staff

Beef obtained from a tainted slaughterhouse, intended for consumption by Henry County schoolchildren will be destroyed, Superintendent Tim Abrams said Tuesday.

District officials received at least one case of frozen hamburger patties from a company linked to the Southern California slaughterhouse, accused of animal cruelty.

"We'll be destroying that case as directed by USDA," Abrams said.

Some of the meat had already been consumed by students in the district, prior to federal notifications, he said.

No illnesses have been reported and federal health officials assessed risks as minimal for those who consumed the meat.

On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled 143 million pounds of frozen beef that had reportedly been distributed to at least 17 Kentucky school districts and some fast-food restaurants.

The precautionary recall did not affect Eminence Independent students.