July 26, 2002
Associated Press
BUENA VISTA, Colo. -- State officials were cited as acknowledging
that.hundreds of inmates were served meatloaf that prison officials knew was
made with beef recalled because of E. coli contamination.
The story says that about 2,500 pounds of recalled ConAgra ground beef was
given to inmates at Buena Vista Correctional Complex and two other state
prisons since June 5. Only those at Buena Vista were knowingly served the
meat, at lunch on Saturday, the Department of Corrections said Thursday.
None of the inmates became ill from the meat, officials said.
Corrections department spokeswoman Alison Morgan was quoted as saying, "The
decision to cook it was because they could prepare the meat safely," adding
that no disciplinary review was expected.
Buena Vista inmates told prison officials that they found recalled meat in a
kitchen freezer Saturday, The Denver Post reported Friday. Warden Tony Reid
ordered it cooked and served, the newspaper said.
There was no listing for Reid's home telephone number, and he did not
immediately return a message left at the prison by The Associated Press.