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Washington County schools served sauce containing meat that was later recalled

February 21, 2008

Spaghetti sauce served to some Washington County Public Schools students earlier this month contained beef that was later recalled due to concerns about the inspection process, the school system said in a news release Wednesday.

School officials have not received reports of any problems resulting from the sauce, which was served Feb. 7, school system spokesman Will Kauffman said in the release.

The school system was alerted Wednesday that beef identified in the recall was used in the processing of spaghetti sauce that was shipped to the system from Carroll County Foods, Kaufmann said. Carroll County Foods, which is used by the school system as a storage company, has acknowledged that the mix-up occurred in its storage area, he said.

All unused sauce has been secured, and the school system's Food and Nutrition Services Department is awaiting direction for disposing of it, he said.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the voluntary recall of more than 140 million pounds of raw and frozen beef products from Hallmark/Westland Meet Packing Company Feb. 17. The recall followed a USDA investigation into reports of incomplete cattle inspection procedures at Westland, the USDA said.

USDA officials have said the risk to students who consume Westland products was negligible.

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