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March 15th, 2012, 06:34 AM
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'Pink Slime' Will Be a Choice for Schools - Yahoo! News

Thoughts?

Sorry about the messed up link, blame baby brain.
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The link didn't work but it sounds delicious.
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March 15th, 2012, 08:00 AM
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School lunch controversy: “Pink slime” or “lean, nutritious, safe beef” | Get Schooled


This link should work. My thoughts are anything put in meat that stops bacterial growth is probably not safe to eat. I know pink slime has been banned in the UK. That is kinda scary.
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March 15th, 2012, 08:38 AM
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The USDA says its safe so if the Government is fine with it, we all should be too. After all, its "for the children."
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March 15th, 2012, 08:42 AM
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The link didn't work but it sounds delicious.
Sorry I fixed it. I'm stuck on stupid right now.

Personally, I think this is disgusting and will not be allowing my kids to each school lunches if this becomes their option.
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March 15th, 2012, 09:06 AM
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Thank God DD is at a private school that does not provide lunches and I am ok with that!

I would not let her eat it if she was at public school.
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March 15th, 2012, 09:40 AM
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LOL, I was wondering if someone would post this.

I think it's disgusting, and it's one of many reasons I pack my kids' lunch for school. It makes me feel bad for the kids who are on free lunch and don't have a choice. It shouldn't be allowed. I read an article last week about this, and it said that McDonalds made a decision to not use any pink slime in their chicken nuggets a couple of years ago. So school lunches are actually LESS healthy than McDonalds - win for the schools!!!
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March 15th, 2012, 11:01 AM
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I saw this earlier today

Schools Will Get To Opt Out Of "Pink Slime" Beef : NPR

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Amid a growing social media storm over so-called "lean finely textured beef," the U.S. Department of Agriculture was set to announce Thursday that starting in the fall schools involved in the national school lunch program will have the option of avoiding the product.

Under the change, schools will be able to choose between 95 percent lean beef patties made with the product or less lean bulk ground beef without it. The change won't kick in immediately because of existing contracts, according to a USDA official with knowledge of the decision.

Though the term "pink slime" has been used pejoratively for at least several years, it wasn't until last week that social media suddenly exploded with worry and an online petition seeking its ouster from schools lit up, quickly garnering hundreds of thousands of supporters.

The low-cost ingredient is made from fatty bits of meat left over from other cuts. The bits are heated to about 100 F and spun to remove most of the fat. The lean mix then is compressed into blocks for use in ground meat. The product, made by South Dakota-based Beef Products Inc., also is exposed to "a puff of ammonium hydroxide gas" to kill bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella.

The USDA source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement was not made yet, said that the agency believes the ammonia treatment is safe, but that it wanted to be transparent and that school districts wanted choices.

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Is It Safe To Eat 'Pink Slime'? : The Salt : NPR
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And even if it's been banished from a lot of fast food burgers, the material is probably still in a lot of ground beef sold at the grocery store. Except it's impossible for consumers to know that since USDA doesn't require meat companies to label whether ground beef includes trimmings.

But one way to get ground beef that you know does not contain the slimy trimmings is to have your butcher grind it right there in front of you. But you may have to pay extra.


Makes me happy I'm a vegetarian!
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March 15th, 2012, 11:04 AM
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ugh... this makes me think of meat glue.. and that was gross too.

Now i really wish I could go buy a cow and have someone grind it up while I watch... we eat a lot of ground beef...
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March 15th, 2012, 11:26 AM
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Organic meat cannot contain pink slime. Also, according to this article, Costco, publix and whole foods don't use it.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headline...grocery-store/
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March 15th, 2012, 11:30 AM
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Within the community, a number people can get together and purchase a cow and then have a local butcher process and package the meat for everyone. We do this with pork and sometimes beef. It is less convenient than just running out to get a lb of ground beef from the store but it tastes so much better and it's fresh and safe. It also supports local butchers. :-)

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nak

I usually have a roast ground(2x thru grinder for me) when I go for ham meat. That is a way to avoid the slime. Your store has to have butchers tho.
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LOL, I was wondering if someone would post this.

I think it's disgusting, and it's one of many reasons I pack my kids' lunch for school. It makes me feel bad for the kids who are on free lunch and don't have a choice. It shouldn't be allowed. I read an article last week about this, and it said that McDonalds made a decision to not use any pink slime in their chicken nuggets a couple of years ago. So school lunches are actually LESS healthy than McDonalds - win for the schools!!!
Yeah I started following this when I first heard about a week or so ago. It bugged me out that McD's wouldn't use it, yet the school which are supposed to be going super healthy would be willing to.
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Within the community, a number people can get together and purchase a cow and then have a local butcher process and package the meat for everyone. We do this with pork and sometimes beef. It is less convenient than just running out to get a lb of ground beef from the store but it tastes so much better and it's fresh and safe. It also supports local butchers. :-)

It's called cowpooling.

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We move too often, we can't leave the meat in our apartment (we cut the power) and we can't lug it with us. His ex and I will be splitting half one this fall since I'm not travelling anymore as of Sept.
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March 15th, 2012, 07:58 PM
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Yeah I wouldn't be letting my kids eat that. We prefer food, not slime

I don't eat that much meat, I was a strict vegetarian starting in middle school until I got pregnant with ds1. Now I eat certain meats once a week, but DH likes to eat meat 3ish times a week. Pretty much all the farmers, no matter what they farm, are organic. It's pretty easy to get organic local meat from farmers here, and cheap too.
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March 16th, 2012, 07:16 AM
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I'm kinda torn on this one. On one hand, just because it's a "cheaper alternative" that doesn't mean that some schools should be FORCED to take the option just to save money. Some parents don't educate themselves on what their children are eating at school, and I guess they should be able to just assume that their kids are getting 'high quality' stuff.

On the other hand, the only reason that it BECOMES this 'pink slime' is because of how it is treated. It is only super processed because it comes from places on the cow that are more commonly contaminated. If you buy a cow and have the exact same meat product processed it's your own responsibility (and that of the butcher) to make sure the meat is handled properly, since you're not able to treat the meat and make your own pink slime. In theory these trimmings, as they call them, are really no more dangerous than buying fresh fruit that is grown in fertilizer. You are equally as responsible for washing the outside of the fruits before you cut them to avoid the exposure to e-coli.
I guess I would prefer to avoid the product, but if they were going to serve it I wouldn't go out of my way to not eat or have my kids not eat it.

On another note, why the hell did ground beef become so expensive to begin with? Remember when ALL ground meat was 'waste' and hamburgers and ground meat was super cheap? Now ground turkey is less expensive!! My dad has a VERY old meat grinder that was my grandmas for me, I may start buying sale roasts and grinding my own meat as well.
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March 16th, 2012, 11:55 AM
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You know, its a shame when buying meat at the grocery and school lunches are almost turning into an episode of Fear Factor.
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Disgusting.

When my son was in school in the USA his school lunches were pretty good compared to what I've seen. He wasn't allowed to take a packed lunch, and I still even hated that.

Now he's in school in Australia, he is ONLY allowed to take healthy food. They have a 'brain break' about an hour and a half in and it has to something healthy. The tuckshop has really decent food as well so I'm happy.
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the real question here is why did the media start such a frenzy over a product that was already deemed safe and nutritious...just because of the way it is processed??? of course anything paired with the term "slime" is going to sound gross and turn people off....but the hamburger is still good to eat
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April 16th, 2012, 01:56 PM
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the real question here is why did the media start such a frenzy over a product that was already deemed safe and nutritious...just because of the way it is processed??? of course anything paired with the term "slime" is going to sound gross and turn people off....but the hamburger is still good to eat
No, the real question is this: why is the meat industry sending fake mommy trolls around to mommy boards to try to convince us their product is safe?

I actually have no problem with the meat industry processing beef however they want, provided they are disclosing to consumers about the fact that they are using subpar animal products that are covered with e coli and then washing it in ammonia gas. If they state that on their packaging and people make an educated decision to buy it, I am fine with that.

Ps, I think your definition of "safe and nutritious" is different from most people.
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