Pink Slime

What is pink slime?  Well here is a video by Jamie Oliver that not only tells you what it is he demonstrates how it is made:

Warning: If you easily get an upset stomach, watch the video on an empty stomach.

Three fast food chains have stopped using the product.  However the US Department of Agriculture in an effort to bring more nutritious lunches to schools is buying 7 million pounds.

The final rule on school lunch programs states:

This final rule updates the meal patterns and nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to align them with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This rule requires most schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in meals; and meet the nutrition needs of school children within their calorie requirements. These improvements to the school meal programs, largely based on recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, are expected to enhance the diet and health of school children, and help mitigate the childhood obesity trend.

For more information about the FDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals go here:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Legislation/nutritionstandards.htm

California schools in November 2011 went ahead with healthier meals by adding in salad bars, cooking from scratch, and eating local organic produce.  They have also saved money and found that parents stick around to have breakfast with kids because of the selection they serve.

Links in Article:


[i] Pink Slime, Ammonium Hydroxide Fast Food Ground Beef Additive Dropped by McDonalds Et Al. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/27/pink-slime-fast-food_n_1237206.html)

[ii] School Lunches to be Healthier: Have More Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grains (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/25/school-lunches-to-have-mo_0_n_1230749.html)

[iii] Pink Slime for School Lunch: Government Buying 7 Million Pounds of Ammonia-Treated Meat for Meals (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/pink-slime-for-school-lun_n_1322325.html?ref=mostpopular)

[iv] Food and Nutrition Service Final Rule Jan 26, 2012 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-26/pdf/2012-1010.pdf)

[v] California Schools Move Ahead With Healthier Meals Despite Backtrack in Congress (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/california-schools-move-a_n_1119183.html)

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