Schools Can Choose 'Pink Slime' Or Not

By: AP
By: AP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will offer schools choice in ground beef buys amid growing concern over an ammonia-treated filler critics call "pink slime."

Under the change to be announced Thursday, schools will be able to choose between beef patties made with the filler or bulk ground beef without it. The policy will affect food at schools this fall because of existing contracts.

A USDA official with knowledge of the decision says the agency wanted to be transparent and school districts wanted choices. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement.

The USDA buys about a fifth of the food served in schools.

The controversy centers on a processed ingredient common in ground beef that is exposed to ammonium hydroxide gas to kill bacteria.


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  • by Anonymous  Location: Florence Colorado on Mar 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    My kids take cold lunches because the food is nasty and they always find hair in their food. Why should our kids have to eat this nasty junk and not only that but find hair in their food?
  • by E on Mar 14, 2012 at 09:03 PM
    To make things worse, if your kids pack a slime free lunch, Michelle obama will just take it away.
  • by Really?!?! on Mar 14, 2012 at 06:48 PM
    Why is pink slime even an option!!! The pink slime should be served to inmates and not children. I am absolutely appalled by this.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: District 49 on Mar 14, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    I would like to know which schools are buying this toxic waste and which intend to do so in the future.
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