Possibly coming to a school near you: "pink slime."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to announce today that beginning this fall, American schools will be able to choose whether to buy hamburger commonly known as pink slime.
ABC News reports that the hamburger that contains lean, finely textured beef is already found in 70 percent of the ground beef sold at supermarkets. A quality assurance manager at Beef Products, Inc. told ABC that the beef filler "is pink and frozen and not what the typical person would consider meat." The inspector, Kit Foshee, said he was fired from BPI for publicly complaining about the filler.
According to ABC, critics said the substance is more like gelatin than meat, and before BPI found a way to disinfect the trimmings with ammonia, it was usually sold to dog food suppliers.
The USDA, while saying the substance "is safe to eat," will begin giving schools the OK to opt in or out of offering the controversial beef.