Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB or “Pink Slime”) continues to capture media and public attention. The New York Times ran an article in Saturday’s paper about responses to the issue from school districts and universities across the country. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which provides beef to school districts, revealed recently that some of this product contains LFTB. Boston is the first district nation wide to take a strong position on the issue. Under the direction of Michael Peck, new Director of Food & Nutrition Services, all USDA beef products have temporarily been stricken from cafeteria menus, awaiting information on product contents and sourcing from the USDA.
Mr. Peck is quoted in Saturday’s New York Times questioning the use of ammonia hydroxide gas in beef products containing LFTB: “It’s another example of the alteration of our food supply. Have we created another unknown safety risk?” Read the entire article HERE.