Beef recall raises questions about USDA school-lunch program

02/24/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The largest-ever U.S. recall of beef, which included nearly 50 million pounds sent to schools across the country, has some school leaders realizing how little they know about the food provided via the USDA's National School Lunch Program. "Schools are really held hostage," said Mark Coplan, spokesman for Berkeley, Calif., schools, which no longer participates in the subsidized-food program. "They offer you pennies per child ... and you are forced to spend those pennies on frozen products that subsidize the farmers, the meatpackers and meat producers."

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