Agriculture secretary says she won't drop salmonella testing of beef in schools

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman has disavowed a departmental proposal to eliminate testing for salmonella in ground beef for the federal school lunch program. She says she never approved the change is keeping the tests, which the Clinton administration began last year.

Previous article: The Bush administration has proposed dropping testing for salmonella in ground beef for the federal school-lunch program and letting schools serve beef that has been irradiated, a procedure that kills salmonella and all other harmful bacteria but is mistrusted by many consumers.

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