Hi all –
In almost two years of blogging on The Lunch Tray, I’ve never posted on a Saturday. But I thought it was worth updating you on the progress of our petition seeking to end the use of Beef Products Inc.’s Lean Beef Trimmings (aka “pink slime”) in the National School Lunch Program. As of this morning, just four days after I started the petition, we passed the 25,000 mark — and the number continues to climb.
“Pink slime” so dominated the news yesterday that it was one of the top Google searches and also trended on Twitter. And though for a time I was keeping track here of media coverage of the petition, there are now far too many sites to list. I’ve also been asked to write an op-ed piece about this issue for the Houston Chronicle which should appear in the coming days. I’ll post a link when I have it.
Meanwhile, both USDA and Beef Products Inc. felt the need to issue statements about Lean Beef Trimmings (here and here) and there have also been some inevitable backlash pieces asking if the pink slime “panic” is justified. You can read those and decide what you think.
Looking to the week ahead, I really want to resume my normal kid-and-food blogging (you can imagine my backlog of posts!) but I hope to set up some kind of widget on the blog to click for the latest signature count. [Ed. Update: It’s now over to your right in the big pink (of course) box.] TLT’s Facebook page is also a good source for up-to-the-minute news about this petition, as well as just a nice place to hang out with other readers and chat about this and any other issue discussed here on the blog.
I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support this past week, and for your patience as I struggled stay on top of comments both here and on the Facebook page. I’ve been absolutely astonished at the response to my petition and remain hopeful that our voices are being heard at USDA.
Thanks, all, and enjoy your weekend! 🙂
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