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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