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Agriculture Department; Schools Will Have Safer Ground Beef

SPOKANE, Wash. - The ground beef that's found in school lunch rooms will be safer this year, according to the Agriculture Department. The government will have stricter standards for ground beef that's bought for schools, starting in July.

Testers will sample the beef for contamination more often, and some types of trimmings will no longer be included in the mix. Beef that goes through a processing plant on the same day that E. coli or Salmonella is found will also no longer be purchased.

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