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Unformatted text preview: ry changes in their production methods, allowing unsanitary practices to continue. “I don’t want to be served irradiated feces
along with my meat,” Bjerklie says. what kids eat
the most questionable ground beef in the United States was purchased by the USDA — and then distributed to school
cafeterias throughout the country. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the USDA chose meat suppliers for its National School Lunch Program
on the basis of the lowest price, without imposing additional food safety requirements. The cheapest ground beef was not only the most
likely to be contaminated with pathogens, but also the most likely to contain pieces of spinal cord, bone, and gristle left behind by
Automated Meat Recovery Systems (contraptions that squeeze the last shreds of meat off bones). A 1983 investigation by NBC News said that
the Cattle King Packing Company — at the time, the USDA’s largest supplier of ground beef for school lunches and a supplier to Wendy’s —
routinely processed cattle that were alread...
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- Spring '08