Schools get to opt out of “pink slime” beef next fall
The department says it will give school systems a choice of beef patties made with the lean finely textured filler, or less lean bulk ground beef without it.
Concern about the ammonia-treated filler exploded last week as a social media topic. The Agriculture Department says the filler is safe. But it says it wants to be responsive to schools that want a choice.
The low-cost filler is heated and processed so most of the fat is removed before it is compressed into blocks for use in ground meat. It is exposed to a “puff of ammonia hydroxide gas” to kill bacteria.