The U.S. Department of Agriculture to let schools decide whether to feed pink slime to students

CLEVELAND - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will allow schools to choose whether to buy ground beef patties made with or without the pink slime making headlines.

They said they will make the announcement Thursday that could affect the food in schools.          

According to them, the pink slime filler is a low cost ingredient made from fatty bits of meat left over from other cuts and is treated with ammonium hydroxide gas to kill bacteria.

Most of us had never heard about this pink slime until weeks ago when some fast food restaurants decided to stop using it. However, thanks to social media, Google searches for "pink slime" have spiked dramatically and an online petition to ban the product in school lunches garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures in just days.

While the USDA isn't directly addressing that petition, one official said school districts wanted the choice. Due to current contracts, the new policy won't affect food in schools until the fall.

The pink slime has been on the market for years, but it doesn't have to be labeled as an ingredient in your ground beef. Still, federal regulators said it meets standards for food safety.

  

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