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No 'Pink Slime' In D-211, D-15 Lunches

Township High School District 211 does not use the food additive known as 'pink slime' in its lunches.

does not use the food additive known as 'pink slime' in its school lunches.

The additive, which consists of spare beef trimmings treated with ammonium hydroxide, has been in the news lately. The Huffington Post reported that McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King will not use it.

On March 8, District 211 put out a statement regarding 'pink slime,' explaining that the additive is not used in school lunches. District 211 has five schools, including Fremd and Palatine high schools.

"It's something we wanted to head off," District 211 spokesperson Tom Peterson said. "Based on media reports we thought there might be some questions from the public."

District 211 issued its statement about 'pink slime' the same day the Huffington Post reported that 7 million pounds of the additive was being purchased by the federal govenment for use in the nation's school lunch program.

District 211 receives its ground beef directly from the government and then the meat is sent to two food reprocessing plants where it is turned into meatballs, hamburgers, and chili.

"District 211 has contacted both companies, and each has stated that it does not use the food additive treated with ammonium hydroxide, commonly referred to as 'pink slime,' in its reprocessing of ground beef for High School District 211," a statement on District 211's website states.

The statement explains that 'pink slime' is a "beef filler product" and "is used as an antimicrobial, and is classified by the United States Food and Drug Administration as generally safe."

The statement asks that any with additional questions contact the Food Service Department at 847-755-6682.

District 15 Superintendent Scott Thompson said that the elementary school district also does not use the food additive.

"District 15 has contacted our suppliers, and the answer is 'NO,'" Thompson wrote on Palatine Patch. "They have assured us they do not have meat created by using this process."

CaB March 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Great to know the high schools don't serve this creepy stuff. What about D15?
tanya ligouri March 12, 2012 at 03:00 PM
what about district 15???
Brian Slupski (Editor) March 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I will try to find out.
Scott Thompson March 12, 2012 at 06:26 PM
District 15 has contacted our suppliers, and the answer is 'NO.' They have assured us they do not have meat created by using this process.
Msfhfvo March 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I am so happy that those place do not sell pink slime!!!!
Jon Kelley March 13, 2012 at 03:19 AM
If the government provides these two school districts with all their ground beef, that means they are part of the national school lunch program. How do we know the government hasn't already added pink slime to their GROUND meat.? They didn't mention having to grind the meat themselves, all they said was it was sent to be made into burgers, meatballs and chilli.
Jon Kelley March 13, 2012 at 03:36 AM
I would like it if people would clarify things more. Beef Products Inc. refers to this stuff as Boneless Finely Textured Lean Beef. or sometimes just meat. Well I could see how they could call any part of the cow, other than bone, teeth and hoves meat. For all we know, "trimmings" could include vaginas, anuses, penises, pancreas or any other unappetizing part of the cow we don't see in the meat counter that is obviously trimmed away. Why can't they just be more specific about what "trimmings" consist of other than "meat" or garbage that previously was made into dog food that been magically transformed into "boneless finely textured lean beef" by spinning it in a centrifuge and spraying it with ammonia and water?-
Jon Kelley March 13, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I went to Beef Products Inc. website. I don't know why the public outcry is only over ground beef? The website plainly lists ground beef, sausage and lunchmeat also, and said its used in many food products.

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