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Pink Slime In Ground Beef

March 17, 2012 by staff 

Pink Slime In Ground Beef, You won’t find the so-called “pink slime” ground beef filler in the Troy Area School District. “No, this is not served in Troy, nor will it be next school year,” said Troy Area School District Food Services Director Bonnie Bixby of the product, which has been in the news recently.

In addition, The Daily Review checked with several other local school districts in the area, and their food service directors also reported that they don’t include “pink slime” in their school districts’ cafeteria offerings.

According to an Associated Press report: The low-cost ingredient is made from fatty bits of meat left over from other cuts. The bits are heated to about 100 F and spun to remove most of the fat. The lean mix then is compressed into blocks for use in ground meat. The product, made by South Dakota-based Beef Products Inc., also is exposed to “a puff of ammonium hydroxide gas” to kill bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella.

Though the term “pink slime” has been used pejoratively for at least several years, it wasn’t until recently that social media suddenly exploded with worry and an online petition seeking its ouster from schools, the AP reported. The petition quickly garnered hundreds of thousands of supporters.

“We use regular ground beef products that are not described as lean finely textured ground beef,” Bixby said of the products served to Troy students. “The beef product we use from vendors are chargrilled beef patties and the ground beef is regular not textured.” She had concerns over “pink slime.”

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