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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department says that starting next fall, schools can stop feeding students a common ammonia-treated ground beef filler dubbed “pink slime” by critics.

The department says it will give school systems a choice of beef patties made with the lean finely textured filler, or less lean bulk ground beef without it.

Concern about the ammonia-treated filler exploded last week as a social media topic. The Agriculture Department says the filler is safe. But it says it wants to be responsive to schools that want a choice.

The low-cost filler is heated and processed so most of the fat is removed before it is compressed into blocks for use in ground meat. It is exposed to a “puff of ammonia hydroxide gas” to kill bacteria.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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5 Comments on "Schools will get to opt out of ‘pink slime’ beef"

2015 years 9 months ago

Watch the movie…Food, Inc. It describes how our beef is made and that ONLY 3 to 4 companies CONTROL EVERY product in the grocery stores.

*Today’s news? This has been a problem for years.

2015 years 9 months ago

If the Department of Agriculture was doing its job, kids would not have been fed this garbage to begin with.

Guest Redneck Across the River
2015 years 9 months ago

What’s wrong with lean ground beef without it?

2015 years 9 months ago

Go price bulk ground beef and then price lean ground beef.

It’s simply too expensive to provide lean ground beef to the school lunch program when over half of the children eating it aren’t paying for it.

For the 2010-2011 school year, North Carolina had 53.9% of it’s pre-K, primary, and secondary students on free or reduced lunches. That varies between Camden County at 31.2%, and Northampton County at 94.1%. Locally, New Hanover had 45.5% (over 50% as of February), Pender at 59.6%, and Brunswick at 61.8%.

People who are “dependent upon the kindness of strangers” can’t be too fussy.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Stop feeding the cows that supply the meat…”Pink Slime”! Or does burger meat come from hogs? :-)


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