Manhattan Borough President Stringer today called on the New York City Department of Education to follow the lead of other municipalities and immediately remove ammonia treated meat byproducts – known as “pink slime” -- from public school lunches. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture decision now allows schools buying food for government-subsidized school lunch programs to purchase only non-ammonia treated beef, starting in the fall of 2012, an option not previously available.
In a letter to
Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Stringer demanded that the DOE move swiftly to lay
out a comprehensive and transparent action plan for removing pink slime from
all school foods. While other cities like
In addition to calling for the removal of all beef that contains pink slime from school lunches, the Borough President demanded that the DOE disclose its plan and timeline for a phase-out, as well as information about existing contracts with vendors that use the controversial additive. He noted that even many fast food chains have already made the decision to dump pink slime from their beef products
Pink Slime is a
low-cost filler made from fatty scraps of beef left over from cuts typically
thrown away. The meat and fat are separated by extreme heat, pushed through a
tub, and treated with ammonia hydroxide, used to kill bacteria such as E. Coli and
salmonella. Use of the substance in human food is banned altogether in
countries like the
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