When it comes to protecting the public health, the USDA moves like lighting. It’s now been more than five weeks since the largest beef recall in US history. Much of that beef — 37 million pounds! — was purchased for school lunch programs across the United States. Yet the USDA waited until yesterday to publish a list of which school districts purchased the recalled beef! I’d call it incompetence, but it almost seems like the agency wanted the bad beef to be consumed by school kids before it could be recalled. Link.