LITTLE FALLS - Little Falls Community Schools announced Friday the district has not served any beef product included in the recent investigation about a California company beef supplier accused of animal cruelty and dragging or prodding sick cows into a slaughterhouse plant.
The Humane Society of the United States released a video last week that showed workers at the Hallmark Meat Packing Co. slaughterhouse in Chino, Calif., kicking, shocking, prodding and dragging sick cows into the plant that supplies Westland Meat Co., The Associated Press reported.
The United States Department of Agriculture indefinitely suspended Westland Hallmark Meat Co. as a supplier to federal food and nutrition programs pending an investigation.
Following USDA directions, the Minnesota Department of Education asked educators to place a hold on all beef products from this supplier. The education department released a list of schools with beef on hold.
In response, the Little Falls Community Schools said the education department's news release indicates the Little Falls district is part of the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. beef hold but the district has not served any beef product included in the hold or investigation.
The district buys beef products from Advance, which uses ground beef from Hallmark/Westland in the manufacturing of beef patties and meatballs.
The Little Falls Community Schools reports it does not have any beef product in its freezers that is part of the investigation. The district reports verifying that the serial numbers of products that are part of the hold/investigation are not in the school district's inventory.
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