Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pink Slime For School Lunch

Eww, I could have sworn I've seen a similar picture when looking into what McDonald's chicken nuggets were made of. This is why you need to know where your food comes from. If a big picture of this hung up in the cafeteria at school, do you think your kids would still be stuffing that burger in their mouths?

A mental picture of this, always comes to mind when I'm tempted to go through the drive-thru and indulge in some deep fried tasty nugget goodness....or what I used to think was deep fried tasty nugget goodness....Uggh, it's enough to want to make me vomit in my purse.

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.

A public outcry against the "slime" is led perhaps most prominently by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who had also successfully waged war against flavored milk in Los Angeles schools and continues a crusade for healthier school lunches.

Read the full article on Huffington Post.

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