From the Huffington Post comes this article informing us that, while McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King have rejected the “pink slime,” aka, ammonia-treated pinkish-tinted ground beef, to use in their products, the U.S. Government has moved forward to purchase it for the national school lunch program. One million pounds of “ a ground-up combination of beef scraps, cow connective tissues, and other beef trimmings that are treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill pathogens like salmonella and E. coli” will be going into hamburger patties and taco meat for kids.
There are a few reasons why you should be concerned if your children are fed by this program:
- Ammonium hydroxide, which can both be harmful to eat and has potential to turn into ammonium nitrate is also a common component in household cleaners, fertilizers, and homemade bombs.
- In 2009, The New York Times reported that despite the added ammonia, tests of Lean Beef Trimmings of schools across the country revealed dozens of instances of E. coli and salmonella pathogens.
- The announcement came just weeks after the government announced new standards for school meals to ensure students are given healthier options, including more whole grains and produce as well as less sodium and fat.
Personally, I won’t go near the stuff. That’s why Bill and I buy grassfed and pastured meat from our local farmers. And, when I eat at a restaurant, I choose vegetarian options over factory farmed meats.