September 20, 2014
RENO, NV - There's a movement to ban 'pink slime' from schools. The USDA is expected to announce schools participating in the national school lunch program will be able to opt out of serving beef made with pink slime.
The Washoe County School District does not serve pink slime.
"The concern you're seeing across the country is not one we have here in our district," Tony Cook, Washoe County School's Director of Nutrition Service said.
Pink slime isn't new, but has gained a lot of attention on social media.
The substance added to ground beef is made from left-overs. It's also exposed to ammonium hydroxide gas to kill bacteria.
The superintendent of Carson City Schools said meals there likely contain pink slime. He said given the option, pink slime would be pulled off the menu.
The substance is safe to eat, and makes beef leaner.
Washoe County School lunches currently meet or surpass national guidelines.