(Image Source: Uptown Magazine)

BY BLAKE HANSON

Movies and T.V. shows have never presented a pretty picture of school lunches — but now that fiction could be reality.

Pink Slime is oozing back into the headlines with new concerns over the product being found in supermarkets and school lunches. The USDA announced plans this week to ship 7 million pounds of meat to schools across the country. Plus, Fox News’ Shepard Smith has details on the product’s presence on store shelves...
(Video: ABC News)

“A new report indicates meat that was once only good enough for dog food can now be found in 70% of the ground beef we buy in the supermarket. One scientist calls it, technically, ‘pink slime’.”

The news first made headlines with photos like this one showing pink slime. Reports revealed McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell all used the product — all three have now halted that practice. As Celeb-chef Jamie Oliver demonstrated on his show, the product’s made using the leftovers from beef cuts. At that point the product often contains salmonella or E. Coli. so the meat is placed in a mixture of ammonium hydroxide and water, and then minced.  

KUSA Health Reporter Dr. John Torres highlights where he thinks this could cause problems...

“It’s one of those things that, do I want my child to have this? On a short-term moderate basis, maybe. On a long-term basis, no. But I want to know about that, and that’s probably the main thing.”

But are we overreacting to all this? The product is USDA-approved. The Huffington Post offers analysis....

“If you want to know how much damage a bad name can do, consider ‘pink slime.’ Over the past weeks and months, the substance … has been vilified throughout the media. [The Defenders] argue that there's no evidence that there's anything remotely dangerous  … and that the negative perception is all a product of bad branding and misinformation.”

A writer for New Jersey Online says it isn’t what’s in the meat that upsets her, it’s that it isn’t labeled differently...

“What bothers me is that “pink slime” does not appear on the ground beef ingredients because USDA officials with ties to the beef industry labeled it meat.”

MSNBC reports an online petition calling for a government ban on “pink slime” in school food has collected almost 20,000 signatures over the last several days.
 

Analysis: Pink Slime Oozes Back Into Headlines

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Mar 10, 2012

Analysis: Pink Slime Oozes Back Into Headlines

 

(Image Source: Uptown Magazine)

BY BLAKE HANSON

Movies and T.V. shows have never presented a pretty picture of school lunches — but now that fiction could be reality.

Pink Slime is oozing back into the headlines with new concerns over the product being found in supermarkets and school lunches. The USDA announced plans this week to ship 7 million pounds of meat to schools across the country. Plus, Fox News’ Shepard Smith has details on the product’s presence on store shelves...
(Video: ABC News)

“A new report indicates meat that was once only good enough for dog food can now be found in 70% of the ground beef we buy in the supermarket. One scientist calls it, technically, ‘pink slime’.”

The news first made headlines with photos like this one showing pink slime. Reports revealed McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell all used the product — all three have now halted that practice. As Celeb-chef Jamie Oliver demonstrated on his show, the product’s made using the leftovers from beef cuts. At that point the product often contains salmonella or E. Coli. so the meat is placed in a mixture of ammonium hydroxide and water, and then minced.  

KUSA Health Reporter Dr. John Torres highlights where he thinks this could cause problems...

“It’s one of those things that, do I want my child to have this? On a short-term moderate basis, maybe. On a long-term basis, no. But I want to know about that, and that’s probably the main thing.”

But are we overreacting to all this? The product is USDA-approved. The Huffington Post offers analysis....

“If you want to know how much damage a bad name can do, consider ‘pink slime.’ Over the past weeks and months, the substance … has been vilified throughout the media. [The Defenders] argue that there's no evidence that there's anything remotely dangerous  … and that the negative perception is all a product of bad branding and misinformation.”

A writer for New Jersey Online says it isn’t what’s in the meat that upsets her, it’s that it isn’t labeled differently...

“What bothers me is that “pink slime” does not appear on the ground beef ingredients because USDA officials with ties to the beef industry labeled it meat.”

MSNBC reports an online petition calling for a government ban on “pink slime” in school food has collected almost 20,000 signatures over the last several days.
 

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