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.

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