School districts all across Idaho are double-checking the freezers and warehouses, after potentially getting deliveries of ground beef contaminated with plastic.
Notifications were sent out from the Idaho State Department of Education, after the California-based Central Valley Meat Company issued a "product retrieval" for beef that was delivered to 86 different Idaho School Food Authorities between July 2ndand this week.
A product retrieval is different than a standard USDA "recall" in that it is associated with a lower food-safety risk.
In North Idaho, the meat may have been delivered to 14 school districts, including: Boundary County, Cottonwood, Kamiah, Kellogg, Kootenai, Lake Pend Oreille, Lakeland, Lewiston, Moscow, Nez Perce, Orofino, St. Maries, Wallace and West Bonner.
Coeur D'Alene and Post Falls schools are not affected.
"When we get a recall notification, the first thing we do is look for the lot number to make sure that the product – if we do have it on site – is secured so it doesn't go out to the students to eat," said Arlene Hendrix, the Food Service Director with the Kellogg School District.
Hendrix told KHQ's Kelsey Watts her district got a shipment of the affected beef in August, but it was never opened as the district had enough product left over in the freezer from the prior school year.
A second shipment arrived on the delivery truck Monday, but the driver knew it was under the "product retrieval" and it was never unloaded.
The beef in question was also delivered to the Wallace School District Monday, but again, was never unloaded off the truck or served to students.
"It didn't even get off the truck, so we got lucky with that and we were fortunate," Wallace School Superintendent Bob Ranells told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.
Schools that have the affected product are being asked to shelve it for now while arrangements can be made for it to be picked up or thrown out.
The full list of school districts in Idaho that may have recieved beef potentially tainted with plastic is listed here:
In our local area: Boundary County SD Cottonwood SD Kamiah SD Kellogg SD Kootenai SD Lake Pend Oreille SD Lakeland SD Lewiston ISD Moscow SD Nez Perce JT SD Orofino JT. SD St. Maries SD Wallace SD West Bonner SD
Full list for Idaho statewide, from the Idaho State Department of Education:
ABERDEEN SD 058 American Falls SD 381 BASIN CITY SD 072 BEAR LAKE COUNTY SD 033 BLACKFOOT SD 055 BLAINE COUNTY SD 061 BLISS SD 234 BONNEVILLE JT. SD 093 BOUNDARY COUNTY SD 101 BRUNEAU-GRAND VIEW SD 365 BUTTE COUNTY SD 111 CALDWELL SD 132 CAMAS COUNTY SD 121 CAMBRIDGE SD 432 CANYON-OWYHEE SCH SERVICE AGY CASTLEFORD SD 417 CHALLIS SD 181 CLARK COUNTY SD 161 COMPASS PUBLIC CHARTER SCH 455 COTTONWOOD SD 242 CULDESAC SD 342 EMMETT SD 221 FIRTH SD 059 FREMONT COUNTY SD 215 GARDEN VALLEY SD 071 GENESEE SD 282 GLENNS FERRY SD 192 HAGERMAN SD 233 HANSEN SD 415 Heritage Academy, Inc. HOMEDALE JT SD 370 HORSESHOE BEND SD 073 JEFFERSON COUNTY SD 251 JEROME SD 261 KAMIAH SD 304 KELLOGG SD 391 KIMBERLY SD 414 KOOTENAI SD 274 LAKE PEND OREILLE SD 084 LAKELAND SD 272 LEWISTON ISD 340 LIBERTY CHARTER SCHOOL 458 MADISON COUNTY SD 321 MARSING SD 363 McCall-Donnelly Joint School District 421 MELBA SD 136 MIDDLETON SD 134 MINIDOKA COUNTY SD 331 MOSCOW SD 281 MOUNTAIN VIEW SD 244 MURTAUGH SD 418 NEZ PERCE JT SD 302 NORTH GEM SD 149 NOTUS SD 135 ONEIDA COUNTY SD 351 OROFINO JT. SD 171 PARMA SD 137 PAYETTE SD 371 POTLATCH SD 285 PRESTON SD 201 RICHFIELD SD 316 ROCKLAND SD 382 SALMON SD 291 SODA SPRINGS SD 150 ST. MARIES SD 041 SUGAR-SALEM SD 322 TAYLORS CROSSING CHARTER 461 TETON COUNTY SD 401 TROY SD 287 The districts in our regional area affected in North Idaho: VALLEY SD 262 VALLIVUE SD 139 VICTORY CHARTER SCHOOL 451 WALLACE SD 393 WEISER SD 431 WEST BONNER SD 083 WEST JEFFERSON SD 253 WHITEPINE SD 288 WILDER SD 133