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Pink Slime Controversy Causes Most Schools to Drop Product

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Pink Slime Controversy Causes Most Schools to Drop Product

A number of meat manufacturers use lean finely textured beef (better known as "pink slime") as a part of their meat products.

However, a labeling controversy erupted earlier this year when it became common knowledge that some producers weren't properly disclosing this information. Now, the backlash has caused many schools to stop ordering the product and serving it to children.

According to a new report from the United States Department of Agriculture, only three states that participate in the National School Lunch Program still order beef that may contain LFTB. Schools remained the last major organizations that actually used this product — even fast-food chains, such as McDonald's, stopped buying beef with it long ago.

"Given some of the alarmist reporting and blogging that consumers have seen and read about lean finely textured beef, it's not surprising, though still distressing, to see school districts make the choices they have," Janet Riley, senior vice president of public affairs at the American Meat Institute, told ABC News.

Several meat manufacturers, such as Tyson, have been proactive in distancing themselves from LFTB to avoid any brand damage.