Really, USDA?

I don’t understand.

According to The Daily, the United States Department of Agriculture will continue purchasing BPI Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings, also known as “pink slime,” for school lunches.  Consisting of connective tissues and other scrap parts of cows normally unavailable for human consumption, this ground “meat” is then treated with ammonia to eliminate salmonella and other bacteria.  The USDA does limit the amount of pink slime that a school meal can contain (15%), but considering that McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King have completely banned its use, I wonder why the government still deems it acceptable for students’ consumption.

I’m not normally one for writing to my government representatives, but in this case, I don’t know what else to do.  Having previously interned at a government agency, I know that the USDA really has no say over deciding what kind of meat to use – they simply enforce laws that Congress creates.  If you feel as compelled by this issue as I do right now, consider letting your representatives know that you do care.  Some poor intern will probably read my e-mail and respond to it with a pre-drafted response, but at least I can be another tally mark of people who have written in about the USDA’s purchasing of Lean Beef Trimmings.  If enough people care, then so will our representatives.  Hopefully.

Contact your reps:

Watch Jamie Oliver explain the “pink slime” process:



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8 responses to “Really, USDA?

  1. Richgail Enriquez

    Thanks for enlightening us with this issue.

  2. Hi there. I completely agree! What’s more important than healthy nourishment for growing children? As an aside, Jamie Oliver has done a lot to improve the quality of school meals in the UK by campaigning to increase funding. Cheap meals = rubbish ingredients

  3. Good work! It is our responsibility to tell our government what we stand for as they represent us. Thanks for taking a stand.

  4. It’s a very frustrating issue – you’d think the USDA would WANT to provide decent food, but that’s not the case. The bottom line is about cost, always. Frustrating and sad. It’s cheaper to buy a $1 “value” meal than fresh vegetables – this is why so many people in our country have so many weight-related issues. I’m a lot older than you (48) and I DO think there’s way more awareness than 20 years ago because there was a time when school lunches and fast food were touted as “healthy.”

  5. Ugh. I’m right there with you. Politics permeates all…and we are the victims.

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