Beef recall affecting Texoma school districts

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

DURANT, Okla. -- The largest beef recall in the history of the United States is spreading confusion and fear among many parents, including some here in Texoma. Some of affected beef may have been sent to local school districts.

Millions of pounds of beef are involved in a massive, nationwide recall that doesn't seem so close to home anymore.

In fact, it's right at Texoma's doorstep.

And there's no telling how long schools like Durant ISD have been receiving beef that's now on this USDA recall.

Mark Woods, general manager of Sodexho School Services for the Durant Independent School District says the beef recall probably goes back to as far as 2006, and students have already consumed at least 37 million pounds of it already since that time.

But the good news is that the recall is only listed as a class 2 -- which amounts to a "better to be safe than be sorry" attitude.

"This has been going on awhile. We got word of it a few weeks ago," Woods says.

The Durant ISD reports they have 23 cases of the recalled meat on site right now, but it's marked ‘do not use’ and has been set aside. Woods received word to hold it January 31st, weeks before the recall was announced Sunday.

No illnesses have yet been linked to this recalled meat. Officials say the health threat is small, but some Texomans worry about any talk of a recall.

"It’s scary," Durant resident Ashley Delozier says.

So far, districts in Texoma that have received notice they have recalled beef include Denison with two cases, Ardmore with 64 cases, Dickson Schools with 8 boxes, and Madill with 19 boxes.

We've contacted several local districts in our area. Sherman ISD officials say they received some of the effected beef but they don't know how much.

The Durant ISD is waiting on word from the USDA about what to do with the recalled beef. They more than likely will either send it back or destroy it.

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  • by Mad Cow Location: Coming soon to your table on Feb 20, 2008 at 01:16 PM
    Nobody is knocking the farmer. But would you eat your own cow if it was suspiciously affected with Mad Cow disease? Or would you go ahead and shove it around with a fork lift or drag it with chains to slaughter?
  • by tonya Location: texas on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    GOD BLESS THE FARMERS they do very good work.people can be so rude,walk in a farmers shoes before you make ugly comments. like I said god bless all farmers ,you do a great job.
  • by cowboy Location: gettin up the cows on Feb 19, 2008 at 10:05 PM
    once again here people goes degrading the farmer and rancher by saying 'DON'T EAT BEEF'get real people if the people packaging the meats and products could read this might not happen. how do you think the people lived 100's of years ago. they ate BEEF, PORK AND WHAT EVER THEY COULD KILL' stop knocking the farmer and rancher. try getting out there and get a little cow shi- on your feet it ain't bad.
  • by Mad Cow Location: Coming soon to your table on Feb 19, 2008 at 06:45 PM
    Class II recalls are for products that might cause a temporary health problem, or pose only a slight threat of a serious nature. One example is a drug that is under-strength but that is not used to treat life-threatening situations. PHOOEY!! Anyone see the undercover video of the "sick" cows? Had to move them by a forklift to slaughter them they were so sick. Don't eat meat.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2008 at 02:34 PM
    Its better to just plant your own food and it eat. Nothings safe anymore. Maybe there wont be so many fat people if everyone would stop eating all together.
  • by Thumblelina Location: Ardmore on Feb 19, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    So called,"downer cows" could be affected by mad cow disease, the inability to walk and stand is one of the many symptoms. Mad cow disease is not caused by a virus or bacteria but by prions, which are crystals that actually eat holes in the victims' brains. These cows could be carriers and the disease may not cause symptoms for years in both cows and humans. Feedlots are not supposed to be feeding our beef animals cannibalistically but we all know this is a voluntary course of action. The FDA will not enforce laws regarding feeding cows recycled animal products. Be safe! Don't eat beef!
  • by ann Location: madill on Feb 19, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    once again here is madill and durant in the news again. maybe these schools should try buying local supplies instead of buying fromno telling wheres. since durant has so much money they should try raising their own beef. because there is a lot of bull shi- in the school system. i'll bet that the amount of money spent of rotten food would pay for their multi million dollars school house. madill just keeps building and adding on. taxes taxes taxes. maybe the schools should think about raising their own foods like the prisons do. do they not have ag classes to teach how to raise food anymore. just would like to know
  • by jojo Location: cobb on Feb 19, 2008 at 09:17 AM
    Better safe than sorry is even an exageration of this one. Kids have been eating meat for 3 years from this place with no reported effects. A lot more people get sick from spinach than tainted beef. The government probably won't even let them use it for pet food, so it's going to be a billion dollar waste. It's a shame.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2008 at 09:47 PM
    If Pottsboro school had any of the meat, the super. would keep it "top secret" or act like he knew nothing about it.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2008 at 06:19 PM
    I have no faith in our nation's food supply anymore. Recall after recall after recall!
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