August 8, 1988
Two government employees were charged in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with embezzling thousands of dollars from school lunch programs by allegedly reporting food had spoiled and then selling it to private firms. Justice Department officials said the charges, filed after a two-year investigation, involve hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food that was marked as rotten and then sold to wholesalers and stores instead of destroying it, the San Juan Star reported.
January 20, 1997 |
School cafeterias have rarely been havens of innovation, unless you count discovering new ways to disguise leftover meatloaf. But the computer revolution is so pervasive that even cafeterias can't escape. More and more districts are using computer networks to manage their school lunch programs, arrange menus and even calculate nutritional content of meals. One of the companies that provides such systems, Panda, was sold last week by Alpha Microsystems of Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1995 |
The U.S. secretary of agriculture on Monday called a House Republican proposal to transfer responsibility for school lunch programs to states a "wrong-headed measure" and "a very stupid idea." "Block granting these programs will mean the end of a national commitment to school lunch and school nutrition programs," Dan Glickman told more than 1,000 school food service directors who have gathered in Anaheim for a national conference. "It will not necessarily happen overnight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2001
Re "Back in the Wild, Condors Succumb to Old Nemesis: Lead," June 10: Banning the use of lead bullets on public lands can help save not only endangered condors but people and the environment. Spent bullets from recreational shooting are one of the major sources of lead pollution in the United States. A typical outdoor shooting range can become contaminated to Superfund levels after just a few years' use. Despite the costly problems of cleaning up abandoned sites, protecting nearby water from lead contamination and treating lead-poisoned kids, many cities, counties, parks districts and other jurisdictions throughout California maintain shooting ranges, at least in part with public funds.
August 31, 1989 |
School lunch cooks are hampered in efforts to provide nutritious meals because the government donates mainly "fat-laden foods" such as ground beef, pork and processed luncheon meats, a consumer health group said Wednesday. Ellen Haas, director of the Public Voice for Food and Health Policy, criticized the Agriculture Department, which administers the National School Lunch Program, for "not providing the critical leadership necessary to speed progress in reducing fat in school lunches."
April 5, 2001 |
The Bush administration has proposed reversing a federal policy that required ground beef used in government school lunch programs to be tested to ensure it is free of salmonella, officials said Wednesday. The Agriculture Department is moving to change the Clinton administration policy after concluding that less costly and more effective alternatives for protecting meat safety could be as effective.