The USDA responded by letting schools choose whether to use pink slime or not — at least at the 20 percent of American schools where it is in charge of food purchases. Since that announcement, many grocers have committed to stop carrying the product.
Unsurprisingly, Beef Products Inc., which manufacturers the product, announced this week it will suspend operations at three of its four factories.
So what is the problem, if any, with ammonia-treated ground beef? Does your child’s school carry it? Are you worried about it?
- John Killifer: Head of the Animal Sciences department at Oregon State University
- Shannon Stember: Assistant director of nutrition services for Portland Public Schools
- Ari LeVaux: Syndicated food columnist