Most School Districts Expel ‘Pink Slime’

by Angela Nazworth | June 5, 2012 6:16 pm

All but three states in the nation have decided that their public schools will not order ground beef that contains the controversial “pink slime,” for the 2012 – 2013 school year, The Associated Press[1] reports.

Pink slime, which has been around for years, is a filler made from meat scraps that are treated with heat and ammonia to kill off bacteria. Although federal regulators say the substance is edible, the product became part of a national controversy earlier this year[2]. Various restaurants[3] and supermarkets[4] such as McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD[5]) and Supervalue (NYSE:SVU[6]) have promised to stop using it.

Until now, states participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program were not offered a choice to buy beef sans the slime. However, the USDA is offering schools more than one option when it comes to ordering ground beef for the 2012 – 2013 school year. The meat without the filler costs about 3% more than the meat with the pink slime.

Only schools in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota have ordered beef that may contain pink slime.

Endnotes:
  1. The Associated Press: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PINK_SLIME_SCHOOLS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-06-05-00-29-34
  2. national controversy earlier this year: http://investorplace.com/2012/03/pink-slime-lives-in-the-u-s-school-lunch-program/
  3. restaurants: http://investorplace.com/2012/01/mcdonalds-cuts-pink-slime-off-menu-will-it-cut-profits/
  4. supermarkets: http://investorplace.com/2012/03/pink-slime-follow-svu-swy-kr-ahony-wmt/
  5. MCD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MCD
  6. SVU: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SVU

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