USDA orders Missouri food pantry to toss 905 pounds of meat

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MARSHFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A food pantry in Marshfield has been forced to throw away more than 900 pounds of frozen hamburger meat processed at a plant that wasn’t federally certified.

The Springfield News-Leader ( ) reports U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors were visiting Gibson’s Packing Co. in Seymour last week when they noticed the Webster County Food Pantry paid for the processing of some meat. They then drove to the food pantry and instructed workers to toss the meat.

Pantry director Jerry Nehl says nothing was wrong with the meat except where it was processed. Nehl, who has been with the food pantry for 24 years, says the plant donated the meat to the food pantry without knowing about the federal regulations.

The food pantry serves about 225 families each month.