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'Pink Slime' in School Lunches Sparks Concern

The recent concern over the use of pink slime was instigated by the USDA’s plan to ship seven million pounds of this meat to schools across the nation; approximately 6.5 percent of this meat will have ammonium-hydroxide added.

Would you want your child to eat "pink slime"? 

“Pink slime” is scraps and bits of meat and muscle recovered from slaughterhouse floors and treated with a pink chemical to kill dangerous pathogens. The pink substance is regulated by the U.S. Agriculture Department and is classified as “generally recognized as safe.”  The recent concern over the use of pink slime was instigated by the USDA’s plan to ship seven million pounds of this meat to schools across the nation; approximately 6.5 percent of this meat will have ammonium-hydroxide added.

Would you knowingly eat food containing pink slime? Are you concerned about plans to serve this product in schools? Tell us in the comments.

According to an article, “Partners in Slime,” posted in The Daily on Monday, March 5, the meat described as pink slime “is made by grinding together connective tissue and beef scraps normally destined for dog food and rendering." Trimmings are then treated with ammonia hydroxide as part of a process that kills pathogens such as salmonella and E. Coli. The resulting product is then blended with ground beef.

In response to the “pink slime” debate, ABC News recently traveled across the country to grocery stores to find out where “Pink-Slime Free Meat” can be purchased.  At most stores, it is impossible to tell for sure whether beef contains pink slime since labels are not required to include this information. ABC News reports Costco, Publix, Whole Foods and Kroger do not use pink slime. Furthermore, according to ABC News, meat stamped USDA Organic is your best bet -- it is pure meat with no filler.

Recently, concerned citizens have started an online petition requesting the U.S. Government stop serving “pink slime” in schools and have collected over 150,000 signatures.  If you oppose the use of pink slime meat in schools, you can find the petition online by clicking here.

Brian Crawford March 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
The funny thing is we've all been eating "the slime" for years an no one complained until someone took a picture of it and started calling it "slime". It's certainly no worse for you than the BHG altered milk we pour down our children every day or the genetically altered corn and veggies we all eat without second thought. Our entire food supply has been adulterated and until we go back to eating locally produced organically farmed foods we will continue eating ourselves sick.
David March 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Sounds like PETA is writing articles for the news again. If we weren't supposed to eat meat, it wouldn't taste so good and cows would be faster and more camoflaged.
Amy Weisent-Swinehart March 12, 2012 at 03:45 AM
one this is just straight up disgusting no two ways around it is NASTY
Gene March 12, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Pardon me Janet but when I grind my own beef, I don't have to add ammonium-hydroxide or any other chemicals because I don't scrape it off the floor. If I have to trim my beef, I give the scraps to my dogs and not my children! No wonder cancers have increased with crap like this going on.
Terri may March 12, 2012 at 05:45 AM
I buy organic meat for my family. my little boy will be starting k and i will send him too school with a veggie meal. i rather have my family eat organic veggies. we have start taking steps to stop eating so much meat. i like it and so do my family. i aways thought ground beef looked funny. my son seem to be an addict when we did eat it. its the USDA fault USA is FATTES COUNRTY IN THE WORLD. NOW I UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING. THE GOVERMENT , USDA and FDC CANT BE TRUSTED. ALL OF THEM DONT CARE A DAMN ABOUT CHILDREN, SCHOOL, YOUR HEALTH ARE ANYONE ELSE NOT EVEN THEIRS

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