Parents concerned ‘pink slime’ might make it into school lunches

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DENVER -- Parents get new concerns about school lunches after hearing the news the so-called 'pink slime' rejected by major fast food chains might now be showing up in kids’ cafeterias.

The United States Department of Agriculture will purchase 7 million pounds of the Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) for the National School Lunch Program.

“That is not fine and I am not okay with it,” days Christa Sandoval of Denver.

“They`re trying to find an easy way out instead of buying the good food,” adds Salvester Sales also of Denver.

The LFTB trimmings are mixed with ammonia hydroxide to kill bacteria in the meat. That product is then added to ground beef.

In January, fast-food leaders McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell stopped using the so-called pink slime because of increased negative publicity.

The 7 million pounds of the product acquired by the USDA will be given to school lunch programs, restaurants and grocery stores that already mix it into the meat you purchase.

“I just want natural organic food and I wish we can serve that especially to our kids,” Sandoval says.

According to a statement released by Aaron Lavallee from the USDA: "All ground beef purchased by USDA must meet our extremely stringent food safety requirements and microbiological performance validation testing."

The statement continued to say the Food and Drug Administration as well as the Food Safety Inspection Service considers ammonium hydroxide as “generally recognized as safe.”

“If they think this is okay I can`t imagine what else is going to be okay in the future,” Sandoval adds.

The decision to use these meat-filler products is up to the school to decide. Both Jefferson County and Douglas County school districts tell Fox 31 Denver they do not use LFTB in their school lunch program.

To find out if your child’s school uses the LFTB products call your local school district.