School cafeterias dish out 'pink slime' meat to students

Same meat that was pulled by fast-food chains

HOUSTON - Even though many fast-food chains, including McDonald's, announced it was pulling the infamous "pink slime" from their hamburgers, school districts are still serving it to kids.

McDonald's and other fast-food chains were using scrape and waste -- muscle and connective tissue normally used in dog food, in their hamburgers.

School cafeterias all over the country receive part of the ground beef they serve from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It purchases 7 million pounds of that same waste meat product, which will be sent to schools all over the country.

"We don't know which districts are receiving what meat, and this meat isn't labeled to show pink slime. They don't have to under federal law," said Bettina Siegal, of LunchTray.com.

The USDA has been purchasing the "pink slime" for years, using the product as a filler.

The bits of meat and muscle salvaged from slaughterhouse floors are treated with a pink chemical to kill any dangerous pathogens.

According the to USDA, no more than 15 percent of each serving of the beef kids may be eating at school is the "pink slime."

"We should step back and say, 'Why would we feed this to our kid?" said Siegal, who has since started an online petition to urge the USDA to stop buying the "pink slime" for schools.

The waste meat accounts for 70 percent of all ground beef consumed in the U.S.

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