No ‘Pink Slime’ for School Lunches
As per recent reports, it has been revealed that a minimum of two area school districts have nodded not in favor of serving “pink slime” in lunches to their students.
Officials at both the Proctor and Duluth school districts, while commenting on the refusal, said that the schools do not direct the ground beef which is extended along with filler, as these fillers are generally made up of beef renderings. In addition, the officials said that due to the treatment of ground beef with ammonia hydroxide, it is not considered a very safe alternative.
While expressing his opinion in this regard, along with mention what all consequences can be seen if ground beefs are included in school lunches for the students, Duluth school district’s chief of child nutrition services, Pam Bowe, claimed: “Since September 2010, we’ve used Jennie-O ground turkey from Upper Lakes Foods in place of commodity beef. Our ground beef patties also come from commercial vendors such as Upper Lakes Foods and Advance Pierre Foods”.
On gaining knowledge about the issue, the officials checked with their vendors for seeing whether or not they make use of the said product, and it was found that they do not use any of such products.
Upper Lakes Foods, however, was not reachable for comment till news.
After a massive public chaos inspired by an online petition filed by a Houston parent, the U. S. Department of Agriculture pulled back the federal school lunch program of Thursday from making use of “pink slime”. In the decision, school districts were given the entire liberty of deciding whether or not they wish to accept the contentious beef products. The USDA, in the meantime, has claimed that the product is absolutely safe.