School Lunches Are About to Be A Lot Less Pink and Slimy

If this giant pink meat snake does not look appetizing to you, you're not alone. The "meat product," which called pink slime and is made from scrap beef that's ground up and bleached with ammonium hydroxide, has long been a common ingredient in the ground beef used for school lunches. But thank goodness that is about to change. The USDA has just announced that starting next school year, schools can opt out of using beef that has pink slime mixed into it. The move came after districts across the country demanded that the agency stop using the disgusting pink goop, which makes up about six percent, that's seven million pounds, of the beef the USDA buys for the lunch program each year. McDonald's also stopped using it recently, and other fast food chains have as well. The USDA and FDA both swear the pink slime is safe, but mostly people object to it because it looks so foul, not because it's dangerous. You can bet lots of schools will choose not to include pink slime on their menu, since once you know what the stuff is, it's all you can see when you look at ground beef. Blech.

On ‘pink slime,' school cafeterias will be given more choice [Washington Post]