Schools Pull Beef From Shelves

ATLANTA (AP) _ More than two dozen school districts across the state, including Grady and Tift counties, have stopped serving beef supplied by a California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for mistreating animals.

Georgia Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox says 28 districts so far have pulled the meat after the U.S. Department of Agriculture alerted state officials that it could be tainted.

Cox says officials won't know for sure whether the meat was tainted until February 19 when federal authorities finish their investigation into the Chino, California,-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Company.

The facility is a major supplier to a USDA program that distributes beef through the National School Lunch Program.

Georgia officials do not know if the suspect meat was served to students. Cox says there are no reports of students feeling sick.

School Systems Receiving Meat from Westland Meat Packing Co.:

Barrow County
Bartow County
Carroll County
Carrollton City
Cartersville City
Cherokee County
Clayton County
Cobb County
Coffee County
Dalton City
Decatur County
Dekalb County
Fannin County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Fulton County
Gordon County
Grady County
Gwinnett County
Jackson County
Lamar County
Marion County
Murray County
Muscogee County
Newton County
Pickens County
Tift County

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