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School lunch meat standards fall below standards of fast-food

USA Today reported on December 9, 2009, that meat purchased for federal school lunch programs usually does not meet the minimum standards of most fast food restaurants.  McDonalds, Burger King and Costco are "far more rigorous" in checking for bacteria and dangerous pathogens and test ground beef 5 to 10 times more often than the USDA tests beef for schools.  Jack and the Box and other large retailers set limits on certain bacteria that are up to 10 times more stringent than school beef standards set by the USDA.  The USDA purchases chicken that does not meet KFC standards---this is meat that hasn't been acceptable to the Campbell Soup Company "for more than a decade."  Do you remember when the USDA stamp of approval on a package of meat actually meant something?
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