USDA Caves to Action Groups, Drops ‘Pink Slime’ From School Lunches
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that school lunch programs can now drop the famous ‘pink slime‘ filler in cafeteria meals served to children. Treated with toxic ammonium hydroxide and fed to unknowing consumers in schools and restaurants alike, the pink slime has gained significant attention as action groups and health advocates across the globe have been calling attention to the presence of the hazardous filler. The news comes after fast food giant McDonald’s was forced to stop using the substancein their burgers amid public outcry.
Pink slime consists of what’s left over after all the muscular cuts of beef have been taken from a cow. In addition to the ammonia and other chemicals, experts say that the meat is not compromised of muscle, but fat trimmings and connective tissue that has been separated from the bone. In other words, scrap meat that really isn’t fit for human consumption. The ammonia comes in to kill off the bacterial contaminants that may be lurking on the meat, and afterwards it is minced. The result? A pink and slimy ‘meat’ substitute that provides virtually no nutritional value.