The U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying seven million pounds of ammonia-treated meat which is referred to as “lean beef trimmings” or “pink slime.” The meat has been banned by fast food companies such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell.
The meat will be used for school lunch for students around the country. The meat is controversial due to its use of ammonium hydroxide which is harmful to eat and also used in bombs and cleaning materials.
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The Huffington Post reports:
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.
Custer and microbiologist Gerald Zernstein concluded in a study that the trimmings are a “high risk product,” but Zernstein tells The Daily that “scientists in D.C. were pressured to approve this stuff with minimal safety approval” under President George H.W. Bush’s administration. The USDA asserts that its ground beef purchases “meet the highest standard for food safety.”