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(Updated) USDA jingle? Two pink slime patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun

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(Updated) USDA jingle? Two pink slime patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun

Update from Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday that school districts don’t have to receive meat products that contain “pink slime” beef in food provided by the government.

The decision to allow school districts to have a choice beginning in the 2012-13 school year comes after mounting public concern over the USDA’s plans to buy millions of pounds of the ammonia hydroxide-treated beef trimmings for the federal school lunch program.

The USDA said “requests from school districts across the country” forced its hand.

Chellie Pingree, a Democratic congresswoman from Maine, said, “There is only one word for this product: gross.

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Where’s the beef, USDA?

Are you aware of this cheap method of adding treated filler to 70% of our hamburger ominously called “pink slime”? This doesn’t sound great for cattle ranchers or our health. Video below.

 

From Yahoo:

McDonald’s and Taco Bell have banned it, but now the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is buying 7 million pounds of beef containing ammonium hydroxide-treated ground connective tissue and meat scraps and serving it up to America’s school kids. If you thought cafeteria food was gross before….

“Pink slime,” which is officially called “Lean Beef Trimmings,” is banned for human consumption in the United Kingdom. It is commonly used in dog and chicken food.

Reportedly, [microbiologist Gerald] Zirnstein and his colleague Carl Custer studied the substance and classified it as a “high risk product.” Custer, who worked at the Food Safety Inspection service for 35 years, says, “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.”

Another issue is the ammonium hydroxide, a chemical that is used to kill pathogens such as E. coli. The FDA considers it safe for human consumption but a 2009 expose by the New York Times questioned its safety and efficacy. Some food advocates are asking for meat containing “pink slime” to be labeled. It’s used in about 70% of ground beef in the US.

You may have to sit through a commercial or two, but wait for it, the demonstration of “pink slime” is well worth it.

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