|DATE:||August 31, 2012|
|POLICY MEMO:||SP47 CACFP23 SFSP17-2012|
|SUBJECT:||Further USDA Information on Central Valley Meat Investigation|
Special Nutrition Programs
Child Nutrition Programs
This memo provides additional information regarding the Central Valley Meat investigation described in memorandum SP43 CACFP22 SFSP16-2012. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) investigation has concluded that there is no evidence to support the allegation that a downer cow was slaughtered and entered the food supply, and that a food safety violation occurred as a result. In addition, FSIS has concluded its evaluation of the extensive corrective action plan submitted by Central Valley Meat Company to correct recent humane handling violations and has permitted Central Valley Meat to resume processing. As a result, the company will resume packing and shipping existing meat orders purchased by USDA for the National School Lunch Program.
Please share this information with all local program operators.
Child Nutrition Division
Food Distribution Division