USDA sets higher standards for ground beef for schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - Students will be eating safer beef in school
cafeterias when they return to school in the fall.
The Agriculture Department announced Friday that the government
will require higher standards for ground beef purchased for schools
starting in July. The standards will force producers to test the
beef for contamination more often and will prohibit certain
trimmings from being used.
USDA, which oversees the school lunch program and coordinates
food purchases with schools, will also prohibit the purchase of
beef produced on the same day that E. coli O157 or salmonella is
found through testing at a plant.
The department announced in February that the National Academy
of Sciences will review the government's beef purchases.

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