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USDA Food Distribution National Policy Memo

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On March 30, 2012, the US Department of Agriculture released a memo in regards to the school lunch program and donated foods that contain lean finely textured beef (LFTB). The USDA regards LFTB to be a safe and nutritious product. Specifications for school year 2012 beef purchases allows schools the option of using LTFB with the exception of in canned beef, boneless beef combos, and special trim products. Current inventory and pending deliveries may or may not contain LFTB.

USDA is strongly encouraging schools to use the inventory and products that may or may not contain LFTB as originally intended. If schools decide not to use these products, they will not be reimbursed or provided credit.

For more information, read the full memo here.

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