Schools scramble to find information on 'pink slime' issue
Mar 16, 2012 (Dayton Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Some area school lunch supervisors said Thursday they weren't sure if they've been serving a ground beef product known informally as "pink slime."
"This is the first I've heard of it," Sarah Mathews, food services director for Springboro City Schools, said in reaction to a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow schools to opt out of serving the "lean, finely textured beef" next fall.
"Will this controversy affect our buying policy? Definitely, because we take pride in putting out the best-quality meal we can," said Stephanie Zinger, food director for Centerville City Schools.
She didn't know if the additive has been part of school meals, but said a quality assurance survey under way would provide answers.
"This was on my radar and I've been approached about it by an administrator, but I haven't heard from parents or students," she said.
According to Connie Little, food services director for Beavercreek Schools, "there is absolutely no pink slime here. I have checked with all of our vendors. They have assured us that they do not purchase any products that contain it."
Little estimated that Beavercreek Schools will serve 10,000 pounds of ground beef this year.
Cathie DeFehr, interim director of nutrition services, said Dayton Public Schools "don't buy anything that contains it.
"On a personal level, I'm glad to say we don't. It sounds awful. I think a lot of us might be surprised by what's in our food and what's considered safe."
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