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Brunswick Co. Schools: No ‘pink slime’ in cafeterias

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Schools says its cafeterias do not serve up “pink slime.”

In a news release today, the school district says it does not receive any beef products from the USDA, which uses ammonia-treated Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB), also known as pink slime, in its beef.

Brunswick County Schools says it diverts its allocated beef allowance to food processors AdvancePierre Foods and JTM Food Group. The district says Neither AdvancePierre nor JTM Food Group use ammonia treated LFTB in school products.

The school district says the decision to divert the system’s beef allowance was made for safety and efficiency. Brunswick County Schools opts for its processors to use a “whole beef combo pack” to produce products served in school cafeterias. The district says working with a whole beef product reduces chances of food contamination when compared to working with an already ground product.

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