It’s barely been a month since public pressure generated by food awareness groups and the popularity of documentaries like Food Inc. and Supersize Me put “pink slime” on the no-no list for fast food chains including McDonald’s, Burger King, and Taco Bell. In case you’ve (intentionally) forgotten what pink slime is, it’s composed of spare beef trimmings that have been treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill all of the harmful pathogens (how it turns Pepto pink is still unclear). The slime is then mixed with regular beef to form “ground beef” and until a few weeks ago was a main ingredient in shady burgers in fast food chains across the country.

Since the slime — which is technically named the only slightly less gross term “Lean Beef Trimmings” — is approved by the FDA, it makes a sad kind of sense that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has ordered 7 million pounds of the stuff for school lunches. What doesn’t make as much sense is that this purchase comes just a few weeks after the government introduced new guidelines assuring that students are given healthier options for in-school meals. How could this happen?

Microbiologists say that “pink slime” was hastily approved “with minimal safety approval” under George H.W. Bush’s administration (so many of us had it in our school lunches back in the day). That minimal safety includes the poor track record of ammonia, which is harmful itself, at actually cleansing the beef trimmings; between 2005 and 2009, E. coli was in “pink slime” school lunches three times and salmonella 48 times.

It might be a good idea to figure out a way to pack lunch for your kids from now on. Just an idea.

Read more at Huffington Post.


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  • Alivia

    I have a son that use to complain about school lunch everyday. I decided years ago to do some research on my own. The food would be over cooked or under cooked at times. He even told me he has found hair in the food. I made it my business to report this to the Principal and realized I wasn’t the only parent perturbed by this. From that point on I would pack him a home made lunch, never missed a day in 5 years. The Principal and school officials on the other hand didn’t do much to address this problem, mind you this is one of the so called “top schools” in my area!? We as parents have a lot to worry about when it comes to our children.

  • Wuluwulu

    It looks like pink soft serve ice-cream. But after reading how it is used is completely disgusting. WTF?!?!

  • i use to love mcdondals,wendys,krystal,burgerking and after i heard about pink slime i would not never eat from there again the nassty part about is the way they make pink slime and what does with i was like eww and WTF WARINING for everyone.