Tell the USDA: Stop buying pink slime "Lean Beef Trimmings" for school lunches!
  • Petitioned Audrey Rowe

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USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator
Audrey Rowe
USDA Secretary
Tom Vilsack

Tell the USDA: Stop buying pink slime "Lean Beef Trimmings" for school lunches!

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So-called pink slime is a beef-like product created by grinding together connective tissue and beef scraps normally used in dog food, and treated with ammonia hydroxide to kill salmonella and E. coli.

It is "not meat" according to a 35-year veteran USDA microbiologist, and was recently rejected by the likes of McDonalds, Taco Bell and Burger King.

So it's pretty disturbing that the USDA continues feeding this stuff to kids, and plans to buy seven million pounds of it for school lunches.

Tell the USDA: Stop putting pink slime "Lean Beef Trimmings" in kids' school lunches.

In an all too familiar story, despite concerns raised by USDA inspectors and minimal safety inspections, the USDA approval of Beef Products Incorporated's "Lean Beef Trimmings" was pushed through by USDA undersecretary JoAnne Smith, a George H.W. Bush appointee and former president of the National Cattleman's Association.

The USDA allows beef products like hamburgers to contain up to 15% of the Ammonia-treated, meat-ish stuff, but inadequate labeling requirements prevent parents from knowing if it's included in the meat being served at their kids' school.

Tell the USDA: Don't buy any more pink slime for school lunches.

Aside from the lack of nutritional value, pink slime raises a number of health and safety concerns. The New York Times exposed in 2009 that despite being treated with ammonia, three E. coli contaminations and four dozen salmonella contaminations occurred between 2005 and 2009, during which time school lunch officials three times temporarily banned hamburger makers from using pink slime from one facility in Kansas.

Ammonium hydroxide is itself of course harmful to eat, and can potentially turn into ammonium nitrate, a common ingredient in home made explosives.

Kids need nutritious food to be able to learn in school, and many of the tens of millions of kids who rely on school lunches come from low income families where they are less likely to get a healthy diet. While pink slime is a nutritionally inferior and potentially risky product, the school lunch program saves only three cents per pound of ground beef by continuing to put this filler in kids' hamburgers.

Over the past few months, numerous fast-food chains have rejected the product and say they no longer use it. School lunch officials should clearly follow suit.

Audrey Rowe, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator
Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary
So-called pink slime - ammonia-treated Lean Beef Trimmings - is a dangerous product that is unfit to be served to kids. Please stop buying this product for school lunches.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Robyn Brownley CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Pink Slime is the cause of CANCER!

    • Rachel Pedriani PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      If it is not recognizable as food, and you don't know where it comes from, i.e. cow, chicken, carrot, whatever, IT IS NOT FOOD!

    • Mariel Viera CAROLINA
      • over 2 years ago

      It's disgusting!!! Why would they do this to our children?

    • Debbie Gaspard LINCOLN, NE
      • over 2 years ago

      Just because it's legal or "approved" doesn't make it a good idea. We breathed asbestos for years. Our First Lady should be all over this - especially in an election year. Most of us wouldn't knowing feed pink slime to our dogs.

    • Lisa Riggiola POMPTON LAKES, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      No one should be subject to eating this stuff - Anywhere. In fact it should be banned completely from being sold. I cannot believe in the 21st century we even have to ask for this to be done and it should just be a given. It's logical and makes sense. Also, please those that are reading this - we are in dire need of positive change and your help in Pompton Lakes, NJ. Please sign and share my petition - Stop DuPont Chemical from Poisoning New Jersey Families - Thank you for caring.


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