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Ground beef intended for National School Lunch Program recalled

Sept. 20, 2013 at 1:48 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A California company recalled 58,240 pounds of ground beef intended for school lunches because it may contain small pieces of plastic, U.S. officials said.

The ground beef from the Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford was shipped to distribution centers in Arkansas, California, Montana and Texas, officials said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the products subject to recall include 40-pound cases containing 10-pound chubs of "Fine Ground Beef" bearing the establishment number Est. 6063A inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The products were produced on April 1 and can be further identified by case codes 6063A3091A or 6063A3091B.

The ground beef was intended for use by the National School Lunch Program, the FSIS said.

The service said it discovered the problem during an investigation following customer complaints. The FSIS and the company had received no reports of illness or injury due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness or injury should contact a healthcare professional, officials said.

The agency said questions about the recall should be referred to Brian Coelho, general manager, at (559) 583-9624.

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