If you’ve turned on the news or read the paper in the past few months, you’ve undoubtedly run across reports of “pink slime.” Pink slime is the term that has been given to lean, finely textured beef, commonly served in school lunchrooms and fast-food restaurants. Before you choose to jump aboard the pink slime bandwagon, there are some things you need to know:
1. What is Pink Slime?
Pink slime is a product made by mixing beef scraps, connective tissue and ammonium hydroxide. Though the FDA regards the product as “generally safe,” many restaurants, including Burger King and Taco Bell, have stopped using the product. The great pink slime debate kicked off when the USDA announced plans to purchase seven million pounds of the product for the national school lunch program.
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