Rocky Hill Says No Tainted Beef At School

by | May 21, 2014

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Rocky Hill School in Potowomut was identified as one of the sites that got a shipment of beef tainted with E. coli, but the school’s website said no, it did not receive a shipment of the tainted beef.
 
Approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 are being recalled by Wolverine Packing Company of Michigan, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
 
At least 128 food facilities in Rhode Island received the recalled product, the state Dept. of Health reported Tuesday. It had included Rocky Hill School among those facilities, but school officials dispute that.
 
The notice on the school’s website reads, “Days ago Compass/FLIK notified Chef Rob of the recall [Compass/FLIK is a food service contractor]. “He then checked with our food distributor Sysco. He found that none of the product we received was in the suspect lot numbers and indeed was shipped prior to the dates of release of the suspect meat.” 

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.” These products were shipped to distributors for restaurant and retail use nationwide.

So far, 11 people in 4 states have been sickened by the beef, including 1 in Massachusetts. There have been no illnesses reported in Rhode Island.

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