Pink Slime on School Lunch Menus
Pink slime that vaguely resembles meat.
And not just a little bit. The USDA is purchasing 7 million pounds of it to be used in the national school lunch program.
A USDA statement that refers to the stuff as “lean beef trimmings” says that all ground beef purchases “meet the highest standard for food safety.”
Let’s examine what’s in the pink slime so that you can decide.
What Exactly IS “Pink Slime”?
“Pink slime” is mystery meat at its finest.
The slop is made by grinding up beef trimmings and connective tissue, and treating it with ammonia to kill salmonella, E. coli, and other pathogens.
This ground connective tissue and scrap meat are frequently used in dog food.
The Daily reports that microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein coined the phrase “pink slime.” He stated that he did not “consider the stuff to be ground beef” and that he doesn’t want his 2-year old son eating it.
Retired microbiologist Carl Custer, who is a a 35-year veteran of the Food Safety Inspection Service, concurs.
Custer told the daily:
We originally called it soylent pink. We looked at the product and we objected to it because it used connective tissues instead of muscle. It was simply not nutritionally equivalent [to ground beef]. My main objection was that it was not meat.
After studying the “pink slime” substance, Zirnstein & Custer have classified it as a “high risk substance.”
Despite criticism, the stuff is going to be mixed with regular ground beef and made into hamburger meat which they intend to feed your children at school.
Reading about it’s bad enough. Seeing it for yourself is worse:
You, of course, don’t get to decide what your kids eat. The Lunch Police do that now….and it looks like they’ll soon be feeding them ammonia-treated cow scraps that are typically used in dog food.
I guess this is all part of the new school lunch guidelines to ensure children are eating healthier!
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