About Careers MedBlog Contact us

US Says Up to Schools On 'Pink Slime'

by Nancy Needhima on March 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Font : A-A+

US Says Up to Schools On 'Pink Slime'

Whether to offer controversial ground-beef filler in the meals they cater to students, the schools will decide, the US government said on Thursday.

In a statement, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) acknowledged public concern over lean finely textured beef, popularly known as "pink slime," in its National School Lunch Program.


Made from beef trimmings otherwise used in pet food and cooking oil, and treated with a puff of ammonia to deter e.coli bacteria, lean finely textured beef is typically added to ground meat, like hamburger, as a low-cost filler.

USDA recently bought seven million pounds (3.6 million kilograms) of the rosy-colored product for school meals -- prompting more than 220,000 consumers to sign an online petition demanding a halt to its use in school food.

"Due to customer demand, the department will be adjusting procurement specifications for the next school year so schools can have additional options in procuring ground beef products," the department said.

"USDA will provide schools with a choice to order product either with or without lean finely textured beef.

It went on to invite consumers "to consult science-based information" attesting to the safety and quality of pink slime, which critics say is present in 70 percent of ground beef sold in US supermarkets.

The National School Lunch Program feeds more than 31 million school children, many of them from low-income families.

In an email to AFP, Bettina Siegel, who started the petition on www.change.org, said: "I am incredibly gratified that USDA heard our concerns about so-called pink slime in school meals and changed its school food purchasing policy to allow choice."

"Right now I'm asking more questions to just make sure this is a meaningful solution for (school) districts, or if there's more work to be done," added Siegel, who blogs about school meals at www.thelunchtray.com.

Source: AFP


Latest General Health News

More Than 300 People on Texas-Mexico Cruise Ship Fall Sick
Over 300 people had fallen sick with illness caused by Norovirus on a US cruise ship, say authorities.
 No Smoking Day 2023: Ex-smokers in Wakefield Lead the Campaign
Ex-smokers in Wakefield have shared their stories to encourage others to give up cigarettes on No Smoking Day 2023 which falls on 8th March.
New Protein Linked to Neurodegeneration
Total levels of m6A in the nervous system rise with age and that (some) neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by RNA hypermethylation.
How Stress Disrupts Maturation of Brain's Reward Circuits?
New study provides insights into the impact of early-life adversity on brain development and on control of reward behaviors that underlie emotional disorders
 Indonesia Partners With FIND for Diagnostic Testing Access Initiative
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia signed a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will expand access to essential diagnostics in the country.
View All
open close


US Says Up to Schools On 'Pink Slime' Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests