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School Children Subjected to “Ammonia-Ridden Slime that May Contain Pathogens”

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It was in the New York Times on December 30.

On January 5, “Lessons On the Food System from the Ammonia-Hamburger Fiasco” appeared online on “Grist.” From that article:

School lunch officials said that in some years Beef Products testing results were worse than many of the program’s two dozen other suppliers.

School lunch officials said that in some years Beef Products testing results were worse than many of the program’s two dozen other suppliers.

“The National School Lunch Program, which forces cafeteria administrators to feed students lunch for $2.68 per student per day, is a microcosm of our cheap food system. Two-thirds of that outlay goes to overhead and labor, leaving much less than a buck to spend on ingredients. No wonder the lunch program is such a massive buyer of pink slime—3.5 million pounds last year alone, the Times reports.

School lunch officials said they ultimately agreed to use the treated meat because it shaved about 3 cents off the cost of making a pound of ground beef…. In 2004, lunch officials increased the amount of Beef Products meat allowed in its hamburgers to 15 percent, from 10 percent, to increase savings.

Three cents off the cost of making a pound of ground beef. Under the severe fiscal austerity that school cafeteria administrators operate under, pinching those three pennies is a rational decision, even if it means subjecting children to ammonia-ridden slime that may contain pathogens.”

PARENTS AT THE HELM: Do you know what your public school cafeteria is feeding your child to save three cents? If not, it’s time to ask!!

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One Response to “School Children Subjected to “Ammonia-Ridden Slime that May Contain Pathogens””

  1. Mary says:

    ew ew ew!

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