"Pink slime," a food additive made from spare beef trimmings that's treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill off E. coli, salmonella and other possible bacteria, continues to rear its slimy head.
Last month, as KTLA reported, McDonald's decided to cease using the additive in its hamburgers. This decision came after prodding by TV chef Jamie Oliver. On his "Food Revolution," the disgusted food activist says the additive is made of "all of the bits that no one wants."
The USDA, however, says the additive is safe to eat. The department is so satisfied with the stuff that it plans to buy 7 million pounds of ground beef containing "pink slime" in coming months for the national school lunch program, the Daily reported on Monday. And that's created a whole new stink.
Texas mom Bettina Siegel has a petition going at Change.org to get the additive out of school lunches.
An ABC News report on Wednesday stirred up more anti-pink-slime sentiment. ABC cited a former U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist in saying that 70% of supermarket ground beef contained the additive.