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Two entrees containing beef were taken off the lunch menu at San Diego Unified schools Thursday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture started investigating animal abuse at a Chino slaughterhouse. The butcher supplies Westland Meat Company.

A press release from the school district stated:

“We’re committed to the healthiest and safest meals for our students,” said Gary Petill, food services director. “We’ve been monitoring this situation since it broke in the news media and have mobilized our staff to come up with alternative, healthy choices for the 85,000 San Diegans who enjoy our food every day.”

The press release didn’t specify which entrees had been removed.

Not all beef products served by the schools were affected. Grilled hamburgers at middle and high schools come from a different supplier, and will still be served.

EMILY ALPERT

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