The standards for treatment of raw meat for school kids is a lot lower than the standards for fast food places, although fast food chains have really high standards to avoid meat contamination. Remember the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak in the mid-nineties? Yeah, so do they—now they've got some of the best standards in the nation for handling raw meat. As high as the standards are at fast food places, the standards for processed meat headed to schools are so low that no reputable restaurant would buy it. You know, USA Today is awful, and yet they go and do some great investigative journalism every so often. Go figure.