Here’s the latest update on our Change.org petition seeking to remove “pink slime” from school food:
We passed 200,000 sometime yesterday and are currently at 210,000. I feel like I’ve exhausted my vocabulary for expressing my amazement over this outpouring of support. Suffice it to say, when I posted this petition while racing around to pack my kids’ lunches last Tuesday, this was not quite the reaction I expected.
Media coverage of the pink slime issue remains strong. Yesterday, our petition and the beef industry’s response was the top story on Yahoo. David Knowles of The Daily, the reporter who first broke the pink slime/school food story last Monday, also had an update which included our petition. I also appeared last night on Fox DC and Fox Houston. (If you view the former and wonder why I seem to be staring slack-jawed into space much of the time, please have pity on me; it was a remote interview where you can’t see the person talking to you, and it was extremely unnerving. Indeed, much of the last week could be characterized as “extremely unnerving!”)
Food Safety News was kind enough to reprint my refutation of the beef industry’s defenses of pink slime, and leading food safety lawyer Bill Marler also weighed in in his own post yesterday, supporting disclosure of pink slime on labels.
Beef Industry Response
The beef industry and those with ties to it continue to push the #pinkslimeisamyth hashtag on Twitter. One guy — don’t know who he is or who he represents — is a getting little nasty and personal so I told him I simply won’t engage in a dialogue. I guess it’s inevitable that this sort of thing might sometimes turn ugly.
A Question for Readers
Turning my beloved TLT blog over to “all slime, all the time” has been a little disconcerting. I’ve been wanting to share all sorts of other stuff with you these past few days, but fans of TLT’s Facebook page were not so keen on my shifting back to normal posts right now. And it does seem important to keep up the amazing momentum we’ve achieved.
So, if you have any thoughts on that, just let me know. I suppose my other posts can keep until this pink slime issue reaches a conclusion: ideally, of course, some meaningful action by USDA.
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