N.Y. Schools Rethink Use of 'Pink Slime'

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Lean finely textured beef, the low-cost ammonia-treated beef additive with the unappetizing nickname “pink slime,” will be out of some area school cafeterias next school year.

Many districts, however, are weighing their options.

Their dilemma comes in the wake of a Department of Agriculture announcement last month giving schools participating in the National School Lunch program a choice between 95 percent lean beef patties made with the product or less lean bulk ground beef without it.

“We are currently exploring sourcing options, including beef without LFTB, but we do not have enough information yet, such as pricing, to make a final decision,” said Nancy Bradstreet, director of information for the Penfield Central School District.

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