By Kesley Murray
Parents of children who attend Georgia public schools can breathe easy after the U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled 40,000 pounds of ground beef products that were headed to school cafeterias. The meat was possibly contaminated with E. coli and came from the Palo Duro Meat plant in Amarillo, Texas.
Currently, the USDA is saying that they do not believe the ground beef had been served in any school lunches. The meat was being stored in two different warehouses in Georgia and had not been shipped to the six school districts that are associated with the National School Lunch Program.
Although the school children in Georgia escaped the threat, there is a chance that the contaminated meat was mixed in with commercial products. Luckily, there have not been any reports of illness related to these meats. The symptoms of E. coli include bloody diarrhea and dehydration, and in some cases can lead to kidney failure.