NYC Jail Loses $11,000 Worth Of Beef
August 24, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Cooks at New York City’s Rikers Island jail were ordered to throw away $11,000 worth of beef patties that allegedly had turned rancid, officials say.
Jail officials ordered the 14,000 Jamaican beef patties tossed last week after it had been determined they had gone bad, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.
Cooks say the smell of the patties as they cooked was nauseating.
“It was like the sewage. We didn’t realize until we started cooking it,” a jail chef said.
The jail bought 1,450 cases from Robbin Sales, a new food contractor located on Long Island, two weeks ago,
Corrections Department spokeswoman Sharman Stein said the meat “was not spoiled, but … could not be properly cooked” and so could not be served to the prisoners.
Stein said the city’s purchasing department has notified the contractor and is seeking to have the patties replaced.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” said Robbins Sales President Jeffery Zwecker when the Daily News questioned him about the allegedly bad beef.