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Are School Lunch Programs Being Cheated By Corporate Food Giants?: Image: Scott Ableman via f... th.bp #green #USRC

Are School Lunch Programs Being Cheated By Corporate Food Giants?: Image: Scott Ableman via f... th.bp #green #USRC

Image: Scott Ableman via flickr The USDA has said it plans for officials to start auditing the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs in August to investigate claims that food-service companies including Sodexo, Aramark, and the Compass Group are (illegally) not passing rebate savings on to school districts. School food service programs are required by the USDA to run on a non-profit basis, and when a provider receives some kind of discount, it is required to "be transparent in their identification of these rebates, discounts, and credits." Such contractors have a history of not passing savings onto schools, with the most notable case likely being in New York in 2010, when Sodexo was found to be illegally overcharging public schools by not sharing savings from rebates with them, and agreed to a $20 million settlement. The Ohio Farmer reports that less than six months...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/are-school-lunch-...

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