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No DOE decision about ‘pink slime’ meat filler

March 17, 2012
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Education hasn't made a decision about whether "pink slime" will remain on school lunch plates statewide.

Under a change announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, districts that get food through the government's school lunch program will be allowed to say no to ground beef containing ammonia-treated filler derisively called "pink slime."

Hawaii school officials say they're waiting for additional guidance on the announcement and stress that the meat product is safe to eat.

The DOE couldn't immediately say how much of its beef contains the filler and how much more it would cost to make the switch. Kahala Elementary part-time teacher Vivian Best says she's "appalled" schools are still serving it.



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