Sodexo Company Statement re: Westland/Hallmark Beef Recall
February 18, 2008
Sodexo has been closely monitoring and proactively communicating both internally and externally in order to ensure the quality and safety of the food we serve since this situation was reported. Nothing is more important than the safety and security of the foods we serve.
GAITHERSBURG, Md., February 18, 2008 — “
Westland/Hallmark is not an approved supplier for Sodexo. Our approved supplier for ground meat exceeds all regulatory standards per Sodexo’s Product Quality Assurance requirements. However, due to the National School Lunch Program, it is possible that some meat from Westland/Hallmark may be in our system.
This is a class II recall, as defined by the USDA as a ‘remote probability of adverse health effects.’ It is important to note that we have not received any reports of alleged illness due to the potential use of this product.
As a proactive measure, Sodexo issued an administrative voluntary nationwide ‘hold’ on January 31st for all products from Westland/Hallmark, ensuring that no meat from this supplier would be served. We repeated this information again on February 1st along with a nationwide update on February 6th. Currently, we are in the process of alerting all operations of the class II recall, providing them with instructions on what to do with any product that they may have.”
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com) is a leading integrated food and facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.3 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 125,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a subsidiary of Sodexo Alliance (www.sodexo.com). Sodexo, Inc. funds the Sodexo Foundation (www.helpstophunger.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $9.2 million in grants to fight hunger in America.