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Brunswick, New Hanover Schools: No ‘pink slime’ in cafeterias

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Students in Brunswick and New Hanover counties will not find “pink slime” in their school lunches.

School districts in both counties say they do not use ammonia-treated Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB), also known as pink slime.

In a news release today, Brunswick County Schools says it does not receive any beef products from the USDA, which uses the treated beef filler.

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.

A New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman could not immediately say where the district gets its beef, but she said it does not use LFTB.

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