USDA – School Districts to Have Additional Choices for Beef Products

Reacting to consumer outcry over the use of Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) in beef and numerous requests from school districts, the USDA has announced that it will offer more choices to schools in the National School Lunch Program when it comes to purchases of ground beef products.  In a press release dated March 15, USDA stated:

“USDA only purchases products for the school lunch program that are safe, nutritious and affordable – including all products containing Lean Finely Textured Beef. However, due to customer demand, the department will be adjusting procurement specifications for the next school year so schools can have additional options in procuring ground beef products. USDA will provide schools with a choice to order product either with or without Lean Finely Textured Beef.”

The full text of the USDA press release is available at: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2012/03/0094.xml

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About Les Bourquin

Professor and Food Safety Specialist Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Michigan State University
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