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United States Congress (Senate and House of Representatives): Stop the U.S.D.A. from using "Pink Slime" for school lunches

    1. Clinton Miller
    2. Petition by

      Clinton Miller

      Kirkland, WA

Controversy surrounding "pink slime" stems from various safety concerns, particularly dangers associated with ammonium hydroxide, which can both be harmful to eat and has potential to turn into ammonium nitrate -- a common component in homemade bombs, according to MSNBC. It's also used in household cleaners and fertilizers. There are also dozens of reported incidents of pathogens like e. coli and salmonella being found in this product, making it something that should NOT be fed to school children.

Further, experts like microbiologist Carl Custer, who worked at the Food Safety Inspection Service for 35 years, has been quoted (in the Huffington Post) as saying, "We looked at the product and we objected to it because it used connective tissues instead of muscle. It was simply not nutritionally equivalent [to ground beef]. My main objection was that it was not meat."

Custer and microbiologist Gerald Zernstein concluded in a study that the trimmings are a "high risk product," but Zernstein tells The Daily that "scientists in D.C. were pressured to approve this stuff with minimal safety approval" under President George H.W. Bush's administration. The USDA asserts that its ground beef purchases "meet the highest standard for food safety."

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    • Veronica Hernandez SANGER, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I stopped buying ground beef from stores 5 years ago when I found out 'pink slime' was in ground beef. I am disgusted with the USDA, the schools and the government for allowing this trash in out childrens food. I am outraged that is has been allowed. I have been grinding my own organic grass fed meat for the last 5 years due to this horrifing news.

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    • Clinton Miller KIRKLAND, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am disgusted that this product is not good enough for even fast-food restaurants, yet our government is buying it to use in school lunches in spite of numerous health, nutrition, and safety concerns.

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