Where’s The Beef? Not On Natomas School Menus

A Connect Ed message from the Natomas Unified School District went out this evening announcing all beef products have been pulled from its school menus.

According to the message read by Patricia Reeves, the district’s Director of Food Services, the NUSD today joined the ranks of 150 school districts across the nation that have stopped using beef products in school meals until further notice.

The alert was issued after one of the nation’s larges suppliers of beef for school lunch programs — a meat packing company in Chino, CA — came under investigation for alleged processing violations.

Federal officials have said the alert was issued as a precautionary move and there is no immediate health risk that they are aware of.

Natomas school district officials have complied with the alert and will replace all affected menu items with turkey and chicken products until the suspension is lifted.

New menus will be distributed at schools and will be available on the district website on Monday.

Initial media reports indicate the meat packing company may also supply beef to Jack-In-The-Box and In-N-Out fast food chains, both of which have restaurants in North Natomas.

BUZZ NOTE: As of 9:30 p.m. Friday night, the school district’s website was not loading.

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