I spoke this morning with Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s office and was pleased to learn that she has now submitted her sign-on letter to USDA with the signatures of 41 Congressional representatives, all of whom support the request expressed in our Change.org petition that USDA ban all use of Lean Beef Trimmings, aka “pink slime” in ground beef destined for the National School Lunch Program.
In submitting this letter to USDA, Rep. Pingree recognizes, as we do, that USDA’s offer of a choice to schools — while a remarkable victory for our campaign — may not be a viable solution for all districts.
I was also advised that Rep. Pingree intends to introduce a bill in Congress requiring that LBT be labeled on supermarket ground beef, a move clearly supported by consumers across the country whose outcry about the cheap filler has recently led one major grocery chain after another to agree to cease all use of the product.
Thank you, Rep. Chellie Pingree!
I’ll keep readers posted of any new developments on either front as I learn of them.
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