Pink Slime Is A Staple Of School Lunch

Ground_beef_USDAJust when you thought that pink slime was on the way out, the U.S. Government has bought millions of pounds of it for children to eat at schools. Via the Huffington Post:

Pink slime — that ammonia-treated meat in a bright Pepto-bismol shade — may have been rejected by fast food joints like McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King, but is being brought in by the tons for the nation’s school lunch program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is purchasing 7 million pounds of the “slime” for school lunches, The Daily reports. Officially termed “Lean Beef Trimmings,” the product is a ground-up combination of beef scraps, cow connective tissues and other beef trimmings that are treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill pathogens like salmonella and E. coli. It’s then blended into traditional meat products like ground beef and hamburger patties.

We originally called it soylent pink,” microbiologist Carl Custer, who worked at the Food Safety Inspection Service for 35 years, told The Daily. “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.”

Custer and microbiologist Gerald Zernstein concluded in a study that the trimmings are a “high risk product,” but Zernstein tells The Daily that “scientists in D.C. were pressured to approve this stuff with minimal safety approval” under President George H.W. Bush’s administration. The USDA asserts that its ground beef purchases “meet the highest standard for food safety.”…

[continues in the Huffington Post]


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8 Comments on "Pink Slime Is A Staple Of School Lunch"

  1. I sure hope they grind up some cowbrains in there too, I hear Prions are really healthy.

  2. saint_al | Mar 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

    Subsidies buy votes. 

  3. Simiantongue | Mar 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm |

    What a great idea. Kids won’t know unless you tell them, even then they’ll be like “What does that mean?”. We have to feed this stuff to someone or else some CEO somewhere might starve.  Kids are young and healthy, better to feed it to them so we can put off the health effects until the next generation. By then we’ll all be dead so we won’t have to watch them suffer from it, I say win win.

  4. Would “pink slime”  be perceived as more attractive if it moved of its own accord?

  5. DeepCough | Mar 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm |

    All of a sudden, pizza is lookin’ a lot healthier.

  6. Just ad squirrel brains to complete the pyramid.

    NWW Believe It Or Not. The Strangest Story Of The Day. 

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  7. and mcdonalds is the standard for how low you can go

  8. Haystack | Mar 9, 2012 at 9:47 am |

    That “slime,” as you call it, has hopes and dreams and feelings just like we all do. 

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