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'Pink Slime,' Ammonia-Treated Ground Beef, To Stop Being Served In NYC Schools

Posted: 03/22/2012 12:07 pm Updated: 03/22/2012 12:07 pm

Pink Slime

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's schools chancellor says the city will stop serving ammonia-treated ground beef in the fall.

Chancellor Dennis Walcott said while the federal government considers the ingredient safe, he said the so-called "pink slime" will be removed from school cafeterias starting in September.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer on Monday urged New York City schools to take the beef product off the menu.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that districts that participate in the government's school lunch program will be allowed to say no to beef containing the "pink slime" filler and choose filler-free meat instead. Several U.S. school systems said they would change their cafeteria menus when the move takes effect next fall. Others, including Boston, decided to remove the ammonia-treated meat immediately.

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