You Won't Believe What They Found in Meat Intended for School Lunches

No, it’s no pink slime! Central Valley Meat Company, a Hanford, Calif., establishment, is recalling 58,240 pounds of ground beef that may contain small pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in a September 19 press release. What’s really hitting people hard in this case is that the meat was intended to be served in school lunches in Arkansas, California, Montana and Texas. Some of it was even served. Jerome Schools district in Idaho sent home a letter to parents explaining some of the meat had been served, but “they say the plastic pieces would have been discovered during preparation.” We’re sure that’s quite a relief.

This is not the first time Central Valley Meat Company has been in trouble with the law. Just last year an undercover investigation from Compassion Over Killing revealed footage of violent treatment against the animals. At that time the plant was shut down for about a week during the USDA’s inspection. The current “plastic related” investigation was brought on by consumer complaints, though the exact nature of the complaints has not been revealed.


This is also not the first time this month we’ve learned about hazardous meat products ending up in schools. Earlier in September we brought you a report on “pink slime” returning to school lunches and the meat industry’s claim that such a product is safe to consume. Read the full article here to catch up.

If you are living in the area where some of this tainted meat may have ended up, or if you have a question, contact information for Central Valley and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are below.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Brian Coelho, Central Valley’s General Manager, at (559) 583-9624.

Customers with food safety questions can also “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at


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