USA Today has released a bombshell investigation revealing, at best, staggering incompetence at the USDA. Despite a recall for beef carrying multi-drug resistant salmonella, the USDA proceeded to purchase beef from the very same plant:
Even as public health officials told residents to throw out recalled products from the Fresno plant, the federal government paid Beef Packers hundreds of thousands of dollars for almost 450,000 pounds of ground beef made from June 5 to June 23, the dates covered by the recall.
The school lunch program beef was put through only cursory tests that were unlikely to spot contamination, and then was sent off to schools. Link.