(Your Life Magazine) It’s no longer good enough for fast food chains, but it continues to be fed to children as part of their school lunches. We’re talking about “pink slime.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture told “The Daily” online newspaper that it’s buying 7 million more pounds of the “slime” for school lunch programs across the country. “All USDA ground beef purchases for the National School Lunch Program must meet the highest standards for food safety,” the USDA said in a statement to “The Daily.” “This includes stringent pathogen testing and compliance with all applicable food safety regulations. USDA would only allow products into commerce or especially into schools that we have confidence are safe.” The “slime” consists of beef by-products: cow intestines, connective tissue and other parts that are not used in traditional beef cuts. Those parts are more susceptible to E. coli and salmonella contamination, so the last ingredient to the “pink slime” is ammonium hydroxide, which kills that bacteria.
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