After a public uproar sparked by an online petition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday backed off the federal school lunch program's use of "pink slime" by letting school districts decide whether to accept or reject the controversial beef product.
"USDA only purchases products for the school lunch program that are safe, nutritious and affordable -- including all products containing Lean Finely Textured Beef," as pink slime is officially known, the department said in a statement.
"However, due to customer demand, the department will be adjusting procurement specifications for the next school year so schools can have additional options in procuring ground beef products," the statement said. "USDA will provide schools with a choice to order product either with or without Lean Finely Textured Beef."
In a press release, the Agriculture Department said that it "continues to affirm the safety of Lean Finely Textured Beef product for all consumers and urges customers to consult science based information on the safety and quality of this product."***
Whenever people in lab coats are mentioned in an attempt to validate the safety and quality of a food product it’s probably not the best option for you or your children. The best way to avoid this “junk” is to pack your own lunches and avoid all processed foods. I am quite certain this is only the tip of the iceberg in relation to the quality and methodology of the school lunch program. If you recall last month it was the revelation that French fires and pizza sauce count as servings of vegetables and now the pink slime is revealed, what’s next?
Once again action is driven by the demand of the consumer. It’s truly awesome the passion people have when it comes to there children, You simply will not settle for inferior food products being fed to your kids. To the USDA this stuff may be safe to eat but that just means when you eat it you won’t get sick, at least not right away. If you eat that stuff consistently for twenty years how safe is it then? Some foods merely fill the body while other foods truly feed the body. Go whole and get fed, drop the filler!