Port Angeles schools to serve beef again

On Tuesday, the Port Angeles School District will join North Olympic Peninsula public school districts Crescent and Sequim in putting beef on the menu.

All public school districts except Crescent School District in Joyce held the beef as a precaution beginning Feb. 1 after hearing of a federal Agriculture Department investigation into a California slaughterhouse.

The federal department put a hold on meat products from the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., which has now been recalled.

Port Angeles School District and others, which do not purchase meat that comes from the company, will not be affected by the recall.

Investigations have yielded no firm finding that meat from disabled animals has entered the food supply.

The department is investigating if meat from “downed” cows — nonambulatory cows — was distributed to public schools from the Chino, Calif., meat company.

Two former slaughterhouse workers were charged Friday with abusing ailing cattle at the slaughterhouse.

The USDA inspector general is looking into Westland’s procedures and could turn over information to the Justice Department for criminal charges, though no charges have been filed against the company or its management.

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