Friday, March 23, 2012

Are our school children eating pink slime?

“Pink slime” is the nickname for waste meat – connective tissue and other beef trimmings – that is ground up, treated with ammonium hydroxide and put into hamburgers.

It’s also known, more euphemistically, as “lean finely textured beef.”

This is what it looks like:
This product has been going into American hamburgers, and schools, for years. Now many grocery stores and  restaurants are declaring that they aren’t using it.

Washington state school districts – and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Schools (OSPI) – are tackling this issue quickly and decisively.

They’re busy asking suppliers of school lunches about where they get their beef, and whether any of the beef going into our schools contains pink slime.

OSPI spokesman Nate Olson told the Associated Press that his office “is not aware” of any schools in the state using such meat, and that one of the state’s biggest providers, Kings Command, wrote to say it doesn’t use it, either.

The biggest district in the state, Seattle School District, also reported that it doesn’t use beef containing pink slime.

As this new story shows, local school districts are investigating their suppliers to find answers.
Some, like the La Connor School District, actually go so far as to own their own cows, making sure their students get fresh, local beef that the school knows is safe and healthy.

To read this post in Spanish, click here.