For those of you who don’t follow my main blog, The Lunch Tray, I wanted to update you on the Change.org petition started there last Tuesday (and discussed here on The Spork Report on Wednesday) which asks USDA to cease use of so-called “pink slime” in school food.
As of this writing, the start of Day Five of the petition, it has garnered 134,000 signatures.
“Pink slime” so dominated the news last week that it became one of the top Google searches and also trended on Twitter. (Spork Report readers wishing to follow the discussion on Twitter should use the hashtag #pinkslime. My Twitter handle is @thelunchtray.)
In addition, the petition (and the issue of pink slime generally) were widely covered by the news media. Here’s a short list of some of the many pieces mentioning the petition: The Daily, Yahoo News, the Washington Post, Food Safety News, MSNBC , CBS News, OC Weekly, Parenting and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Meanwhile, both USDA and Beef Products Inc. felt the need to issue statements about Lean Beef Trimmings (here and here) and there have also been some inevitable backlash pieces asking if the pink slime “panic” is justified. You can read those and decide what you think.
Finally, I’m writing an op-ed about this issue for the Houston Chronicle which I’ll share when/if it’s published. In the meantime, please do read Nancy Heuhnergarth’s excellent post on why pink slime, even if safe (and she’s not conceding that point), is troubling to many Americans.