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.


  • LemonNLime

    If I ever had kids there is NO way that they would be eating any of this crap. you ask how this happens? You have politicians involved in telling you what you can and can’t eat. Even the Obama administration has approved for the open transportation of GMOs between Canada and US so you can expect more of them at a supermarket near you soon in not already.

    Living in Vermont has spoiled me. I shouldn’t say spoiled because this is the way ALL people should be eating: fresh veggies fruits, dairy, and meats produced by people with a face (you know your dentist, you know your doctor, why wouldn’t you want to know the people who you buy your food from?), locally craft breads, seasonal, organic, GMO free, and local foods. 95-98% of what I eat is sourced from New England and while it may cost a bit more, I am supporting local agriculture and businesses, eating healthier, and get the best quality. I would take take quality or quantity for me and my family ANY day.

    If you don’t demand better, don’t be surprised when your kids burger is made of pink slime and dead diseased animals leftovers (tasty tidbit the FDA allowed for dead dogs and cats to be feed to the cows up until the late 90′s TASTY).

  • JimmieDean

    Here’s the real scoop behing the campaign to mischaracterize US food production from highly respected food safety news web site:

    By the way – the picture used is NOT beef. It was lifted from an article a couple of years ago discussing chicken used in McNuggets. But don’t let facts get in the way!

  • iQgraphics

    I didn’t know that it left school lunches.

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  • modern lady

    Make your own sack lunches. Home cooking will always be better than prepared food.

  • 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.

  • Perverted Alchemist

    “(tasty tidbit the FDA allowed for dead dogs and cats to be feed to the cows up until the late 90′s TASTY).”

    I wonder what the FDA has to say about Chinese restaurants…

    *shots fired*!!!!

  • LemonNLime

    These are probably the same “scientists” that say GMOs are “safe”. Chances are if you have to have a science come out and say your product and manufacturing methods are “safe” it is because it isn’t good to begin with. Ex: bovine growth hormone, scientist and business men say it “safe” but spent beaucoup dollars lobbing to make sure their products aren’t labeled as such. If it is so safe why should they worry about the people purchasing their products wanting to know how it is produced?

    People who ate close to the farm (I hesitate to say in the good ole day because of Upton Sinclair) didn’t need scientist or government regulations to tell them their food was “safe” and “edible” because it was real and not processed and soaked in chemicals.

  • Wuluwulu

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

  • http://pinkslime keke

    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.

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