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SY13 Average Price Explanation

Annually, FDD prices its USDA Foods based on last purchased price (LPP). The LPP is the last price per pound paid prior to November 15th. This price is then used on National Processors’ Summary End Product Data Schedules (SEPDS) as a basis for rebating or discounting finished product prices for USDA Foods. A proposal was made for FNS to use an average value to establish the rebate and discount value for USDA Foods. After an extensive analysis it was determined that establishing an average value for USDA Foods will result in a more favorable return to recipients

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Talking Points on USDA and School Meal Safety

USDA is committed to ensuring that school children receive safe and healthy food
-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ensures that the nation's nutrition assistance programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), meet individuals’ food and nutrition needs.   
-- The health and safety of the 31 million children we serve each day in our school nutrition programs is of the utmost importance to us.   
-- USDA is committed to a comprehensive, coordinated approach to food safety for the NSLP.  USDA Foods represent 15‐20% of all food served in school meals and our specifications for these foods meet or exceed standards set for commercial products.