As you know, our Change.org petition to get pink slime out of the beef provided by USDA for school meals led to a USDA change in policy within a mere nine days. For the first time, USDA is offering schools a choice of pre-made patties which contain Lean Beef Trimmings, and bulk beef without it.
That was an extraordinary result and showed dramatically the power of grassroots organizing. However, in her excellent reporting on this issue, NYSHEPA’s Nancy Huehnergarth explains why this “choice” may be meaningless for many districts, especially the most cash-strapped.
That’s why I am so pleased to report that Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine is now circulating a “sign-on” letter in Congress which takes USDA to task for its rather hollow “solution” and urges a complete ban on the purchasing of LBT beef for use in school food. Here’s the text of her letter:
By now you have seen and heard about the outcry from parents and students around the country to ban ‘finely textured lean beef trimmings’ or more commonly ‘pink slime’ from school lunches.
The USDA recently announced that they would allow school districts to ‘opt out’ of purchasing beef containing pink slime. This move will create a two-tier school lunch program, forcing less affluent school districts to purchase the less expensive, pink slime beef.
Please join me in urging Secretary Vilsack to end the purchasing of pink slime for school food. If you have any questions, or would like to sign on, please contact Claire Benjamin (firstname.lastname@example.org or 5-6116).
Member of Congress
THANK YOU, Rep. Pingree for this effort.
I will keep you posted here on the progress of the sign-on letter.
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