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Lawrence district doesn’t serve kids ‘pink slime’

This Thursday, March 15, 2012 photo shows ground beef containing what is derisively referred to as "pink slime," or what the meat industry calls "lean, finely textured beef," right, and pure 85% lean ground beef, in Concord, N.H. Food served in Lawrence schools does not include the treated meat.

This Thursday, March 15, 2012 photo shows ground beef containing what is derisively referred to as "pink slime," or what the meat industry calls "lean, finely textured beef," right, and pure 85% lean ground beef, in Concord, N.H. Food served in Lawrence schools does not include the treated meat.

March 24, 2012

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Don’t worry, Lawrence parents, your child isn’t being fed pink slime. Well, at least they aren’t eating it at school.

Across the country, parents and consumers have raised concerns about a filler used in ground beef that is treated with ammonium hydroxide.

The meat industry refers to it as lean finely textured beef, an ingredient made from the leftover, fatty pieces of meat. As part of the process to reduce the fat content of those pieces, the filler is exposed to ammonium hydroxide to kill harmful bacteria.

Food safety advocates have dubbed the filler “pink slime.”

The additive is approved by the USDA, which maintains the product is safe. But on March 15, after the issue of “pink slime” exploded on in the news and social media, the USDA announced that schools would be allowed to choose if the ground beef they buy has been treated with ammonia.

In response to the USDA’s decision, Paula Murrish, the division director for food services and purchasing for the Lawrence school district, informed principals that the district doesn’t purchase products with the ammonia-treated ingredient.

The district’s food vendor, Advance Pierre Foods, which is based in Cincinnati, notified its customers in February that they had “made the decision not to purchase ammonia treated beef for use in our school products.”

J.T.M. Food Group, another Ohio-based company, also sent a letter about that time to school customers to confirm that they don’t use ammonium hydroxide in any of their processes and don not purchase material with ammonium hydroxide.

Comments

friendlyjhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

Pink Slime vs Soylent Green? Please sir, may I have another?

Ragingbear 2 years, 9 months ago

The Pink Slime was made by Vigo the Carpathian.

Jon Jambor 2 years, 9 months ago

More sturm and drang from a populace with too much time on its hands and a hyper-elevated sense of self-esteem. If this stuff is so awful, where are the bodies? There are none that I'm aware of. It seems to be a safe, low cost, alternative to ground beef. Years from now, when the hand wringing is over, the product is taken out of production, and we realize we needlessly paid more for something that was no better than something else, will anyone apologize? Of course not. As long as these people feel good about themselves, that's the only measure that the effort was worth it. After, being Liberal means never having to say you're sorry.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 9 months ago

The truth is that a heavy meat diet is bad for your health, no matter whether it's red slime or freshly ground organic grass fed beef. And it's not just bad for personal health. The petroleum inputs required to feed, process and distribute all the meat that's consumed in this country (and a few others) is a major contributor to climate change/global warming.

Not that your precious ideology will allow you to acknowledge such facts.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 9 months ago

I see that you're immune to the science of nutrition, as well.

At least in this case, it's your death that your willful ignorance begets, not that of half the human race.

Liberty275 2 years, 9 months ago

Or have a banana. Lots of potassium. Good for the blood pressure.

Now we can both be internet doctors.

walkthehawk 2 years, 9 months ago

Jon, you may want to take a look at this: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/health/04meat.html?pagewanted=all The NY TImes broke this story a couple of years ago--since reading it, we only source our meat locally, and consider ourselves lucky to live in a community where farm-to-table eating is actually possible. I was surprised that this report didn't get more publicity when it was first published . . . evidently, a viral video is worth 1000 words.

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 9 months ago

+1 for that. ABC News wants me to pat them on the back for "exposing" the pink slime issue. When banned, the price of my ground beef will rise. Thanks for spiking beef prices ABC News. In other news, if the federal regulatory agency deems it fine, but the Americans reject it, why have the federal regulatory agency in the first place?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 9 months ago

There's no indication that it's going to be banned, so you'll still be able to buy all the cheap pink slime you want-- it'll just be an informed choice (although apparently you prefer ignorance, willful or otherwise.)

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 9 months ago

I'll take ignorance over a nation that dictates policy based on scare tactic jounalism. WMD's anyone?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 9 months ago

So, you think that the "red slime" should be a closely held industrial secret, because it might scare the public too much if they know what they're feeding their kids. Gotcha.

And really, what do BushCo's lies about WMD have to do with this?

sciencegeek 2 years, 9 months ago

With all the uproar about "pink slime" in schools and groceries, I wonder why no one has checked with fast food chains? You'd think their assembly-line patties would be at least a little suspicious.

Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, without pink slime, the price of hamburger skyrockets 2 to 3 cents per pound, so you go ahead and eat all the ammonium hydroxide you can fill your guts with. Europe won't eat it because they have brains. We'll eat it because we've been taught to obey what industry tells us to do. Actually, it gets shoved down the throats of schoolkids because they can't vote.

techmanmacho 2 years, 9 months ago

"...Europe won't eat it because they have brains...."

How ironic considering up until a few years ago, bovine brains were part of the European diet a few years ago....

Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 9 months ago

Healthier by far than pink slime. Pink slime. Pink slime, the name given it by those who produce it, by those who slip it into food, children's food without telling anyone. Feeding the bottom of the barrel to children. This is the America we have become.

Liberty275 2 years, 9 months ago

I like 70% hamburger, but my wife buys 90% then drains off the flavor. Her system doesn't like the fat, but mine does. In general she eats healthier than I, like, she eats carrots... ewww. Funny thing, my cholesterol is perfect and hers, not so much. Superior genetics!

LOL. Genetics... meet the new bigot. Same as the old bigot.

Glenn Reed 2 years, 9 months ago

You're doing it wrong.

Your genetic makeup allows for a healthier existence on a higher-fat, higher calorie diet than your wife's does.

In an environment where such a diet is difficult, or impossible to maintain, you would likely be suffer more than she would.

Liberty275 2 years, 9 months ago

Genetic relativism. And which of those conditions should be favored? I understand the liberal talking points to be "we must consume less", so does that mean we treat people with more demanding genetically imprinted needs in a way that is not optimal for their health?

Like I said, "Genetics... meet the new bigot. Same as the old bigot."

As for genetics, I only know what informed popular culture knows. I concede the details to a better trained person.

woodscolt 2 years, 9 months ago

In general, the less intelligent you are the better this stuff looks.

RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

The internet is full of self proclaimed geniuses. Would this be an example of your superior intellect?

woodscolt 2 years, 9 months ago

Well, I don't eat that crap for all the right reasons.

Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 9 months ago

And crap it may very well be. Once irradiated, a small amount feces is a very real part of beef production. And what exactly, is the slime? Well, it's called "fat" and I think that's probably its most appetizing description.

Again, serve it to children.

Better yet, make it a mandatory meal for those who support it. Taste that!

password 2 years, 9 months ago

I asked at Dillons today and they said the ground beef in the chub packages have the "pink slime" additive in them and it's in all the chub packages at every store. mass produced - just a different label at each store.

volunteer 2 years, 9 months ago

The schools' lunch ladies should have some input into the menus. They know what the students will not eat better than some bureaucrat in the central office.

Angela Heili 2 years, 9 months ago

I wondered about those chub packages. That meat never did look right to me, but then I grew up on a farm and had the beef I ate raised across the road from our house. So I know what good beef should look like. Those chub packages are just yuck.

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