Most School Districts Expel ‘Pink Slime’

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

Most School Districts Expel ‘Pink Slime’

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┬áNational 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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