To Pink Slime or not to Pink Slime

So is the problem that “it’s not considered meat by some experts” or that the product is treated with ammonium hydroxide?  What we do know is that even Drew Brees, NFL quarterback, is tweeting about this.  Guess that means we all should have a stance. [EF]

Schools that get their ground beef from the federal government will now have the option of buying it with or without a product that has been dubbed “pink slime.”

Never have schools known whether the ground beef procured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for use in school lunches contained the ingredient, known in the food industry as “Lean Finely Textured Beef.”

Lean finely textured beef is a “product derived from beef-fat trimmings,” researchers at Iowa State University wrote in a reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader about its use in processed meat. They add that “while it is high in total protein, the LFTB contains more serum and connective-tissue proteins and less myofibrillar proteins than muscle meat.” Since it’s not made from muscle, it isn’t considered meat by some food experts.

FULL ARTICLE: USDA Says Schools Can Opt Out of ‘Pink Slime’ in Lunch Program

POST SOURCE: EdWeek

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