USDA Offers Schools Additional Beef Options

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

March 16, 2012

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USDA Offers Schools Additional Beef Options


USDA announced that it will offer more choices to schools in the National School Lunch Programs when it comes to purchases of ground beef products.  USDA will provide schools with a choice to order product either with or without Lean Finely Textured Beef. 

According to USDA, this is in response to requests from school districts throughout the country.  In a statement, USDA said it “continues to affirm the safety of Lean Finely Textured Beef product for all consumers and urges customers to consult science-based information on the safety and quality of this product.”

Lean Finely Textured Beef is a meat product derived from a process that separates fatty pieces from beef trimmings to reduce the overall fat content.  The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said, “Cattlemen and women nationwide firmly agree with USDA’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of the food served to more than 31 million schoolchildren every day.

The fact remains that lean, finely textured beef is a 100% beef product produced from beef trimmings that yields an additional 10-12 lb. of lean, nutritious beef from every beef animal. The production of lean, finely textured beef prevents lean, nutritious beef from being wasted. This lean beef product, like all beef, is naturally rich in nutrients like zinc, iron, protein and B vitamins.”

About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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