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City schools are urged to ditch 'pink slime' beef

March 21, 2012 2:22:51 PM PDT
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is urging New York City schools to take ammonia-treated ground beef off the menu.

Stringer called Wednesday for the city to remove the beef product known as "pink slime" from school cafeterias immediately.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that districts that participate in the government's school lunch program will be allowed to say no to beef containing the ammonia-treated filler and choose filler-free meat instead. Several U.S. school systems said they would change their cafeteria menus when the move takes effect next fall. Others including Boston decided to remove the ammonia-treated meat immediately.

New York City Department of Education spokeswoman Marge Feinberg said the city school system is phasing the product out and will eliminate it entirely in September.

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