AP: 11 East Tennessee schools had recalled beef

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a Southern California slaughterhouse that is being investigated for mistreating cattle.

Officials said the Sunday action was the largest beef recall in the United States, surpassing a 1999 ban of 35 million pounds of ready-to-eat meats.

The federal agency said the recall will affect beef products dating to Feb. 1, 2006, that came from Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., which supplies meat to the federal school lunch program and to some major fast-food chains.

About 30 school systems across Tennessee already had been asked to hold off on serving the meat.

East Tennessee schools currently holding back shipments of the recalled meat:

-Anderson County Schools
-Blount County Schools
-Episcopal School of Knoxville
-Jefferson County Schools
-Knox County Schools
-Monroe County Schools
-Oneida City Schools
-Roane County Schools
-Sevier County Schools
-Unicoi County Schools
-Union County Schools

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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