August 9, 2022
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Schools choosing to opt out of buying lean finely textures beef

The USDA says the vast majority of states participating in its National School Lunch Program have opted to order ground beef that doesn’t contain the product known as lean finely texture beef (LFTB). But three states, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota has taken the stand to choose to order beef that may contain the filler.

The meat product has previously been used for decades, but has now become the center of national attention after the nickname “pink slime” was quoted in a New York Times article on the meat’s processing methods.

The USDA says that as of May 18, states have ordered more than 20 million pounds of ground beef products that don’t contain LFTB. Orders for ground beef that may contain the filler came to about 1 million pounds. The department estimates that LFTB accounted for about 6.5 percent of ground beef orders.

Source: AP Online News

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