"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA Feb. 19, 2008 Department of Agriculture Commonwealth News Bureau Room 308, Main Capitol Harrisburg, PA 17120 CONTACT: Chris L. Ryder (717) 787-5085 AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT REPONDS TO BEEF RECALL, HELPING TO ALERT AFFECTED SCHOOLS HARRISBURG – The state Department of Agriculture is helping to alert schools about the nation’s largest beef recall, initiated Sunday evening by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Pennsylvania schools may have received products affected by the recall, so schools should be checking their supplies and following the recall instructions if they have the products,” said state Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. “While there is very low risk to human health in this recall, it is important for all of the affected products to be separated from other foods and destroyed as a precaution.” On Feb. 17, Hallmark/Westland Meat Packaging Co. of Chino, Calif., voluntarily recalled 143 million pounds of raw and frozen beef products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has deemed the recall a “Class Two” recall, meaning it has only a remote probability of causing adverse health consequences. More than 190 Pennsylvania school districts have received the recalled beef products through the National School Lunch program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and they have been notified about the recall. Other schools may have purchased recalled food independently, said Wolff, so it is important that they check their own inventories, too. Department of Agriculture food safety inspectors will check for recall compliance as they inspect schools in the coming weeks. For more information of the recall, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Services Web site at www.fsis.usda.gov. ### EDITOR’S NOTE: Below are the 196 Pennsylvania schools and school districts that received recalled products through the National School Lunch Program: Abington Dunmore John F Kennedy Catholic Allentown Eastern Lancaster County Juniata Valley Altoona Area Elizabeth Forward Kennett Consolidated Annville-Cleona Erie City Keystone Oaks Antietam Erie County Vo-Tech Kiski Bangor Area Exeter Township La Salle Academy Bellefonte Area Fannett-Metal Lackawanna Trail Bensalem Township Farrell Area Lampeter-Strasburg Berwick Area Fayette County Vo-Tech Laurel Highlands Bishop Carroll H.S. Fleetwood Area Laurel Highlands Bishop Guilfoyle H.S. Forest Hills Lebanon Catholic School Blackhawk Fort Leboeuf Lehigh Career and Bloomsburg Area Fox Chapel Technical Institute Blue Mountain Freedom Area Lehighton Area Boyertown Area French Creek Valley Line Mountain Brandywine Heights Area Christian School Littlestown Area Bristol Township Gateway Lower Dauphin Brookville Gettysburg Area Lower Merion Burrell Governor Mifflin Mahanoy Area Butler Great Valley Manheim Central Carlynton Greater Nanticoke Marion Center Catasauqua Area Greencastle-Antrim Mcguffey Central Dauphin Greenwood Mercer Area Central Fulton Grove City Mifflin County Central York Hampton Township Monaca Chambersburg Area Hanover Area Morrisville Borough Christ the Devine Teacher Hanover Public Mount Lebanon Clarion Harbor Creek Mount Union Area Cocalico Harrisburg Mountain View Columbia Borough Haverford Township Muhlenberg Conestoga Valley Hazleton Area Nazareth Area Cranberry Area Hempfield Norristown Area Dallastown Area Highlands North Allegheny Danville Area Hollidaysburg Area North East Deer Lakes Holy Name of Jesus North Hills Delone Catholic H.S. School North Penn Derry Township Holy Trinity School North Star Divine Mercy Academy Jefferson Co-Dubois Area Northampton Area Donegal Vo-Tech Northeastern Northern Bedford County Rochester Stroudsburg Area Northern Lebanon Rockwood Area Sun Area Vo-Tech Northern Lehigh Rose Tree Media Susquehanna Township Northern Tioga Salisbury Township Towanda Area Northgate Saucon Valley Tri-Valley Old Forge Sayre Area Tulpehocken Area Otto Eldred Schuylkill Haven Area Tunkhannock Area Our Lady of Peace School Schuylkill Valley Twin Valley Owen J. Roberts Scranton City Union City Area Palmyra Area Seneca Valley Union Penn Hills Serra High School Upper St. Clair Penn Manor Shenandoah Valley Valley View Penn View Christian Shenango Area Warren County Penns Manor Area Smethport Area Warrior Run Pennsbury Somerset Area Wattsburg Area Peters Township Souderton Area West Perry Philadelphia South Butler County West Side Area Vo. Tech Phillipsburg-Osceloa South Eastern Western Wayne Pittsburgh Board of South Western Whitehall-Coplay Education Southern Tioga Wilkes-Barre Area Plum Borough Southern Fulton William Penn Pocono Mountain Southern Huntingdon Co. Williams Valley Purchase Line Southern York Co. Williamsburg Community Quakertown Area Southmoreland Wilson Redbank Valley St. Columba School Woods Schools Resurrection Catholic St. Sebastian School Wyoming Area Riverside St. Vincent School Wyoming Valley West Riverview St. John the Baptist School Wyomissing Area