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Request to the DOE to eliminate lean finely textured beef aka "pink slime" from school lunches

WHEREAS, NYC school system has been using meat with the additive Lean Finely Texturized Beef (LFTB), aka pink slime; and

WHEREAS, LFTB is a highly processed beef product made with remaining parts of a beef that can't be sold as meat, and include lungs, intestines (emptied from bowels), heart, brain, stomachs, tendons, bones, finely ground and exposed to ammonia gas to kill salmonella and e-coli that would otherwise proliferate; and

WHEREAS, LFTB is used as a filler in ground meat products such as burgers, meatballs and sausages; and

WHEREAS, LFTB has been voluntarily banned from numerous school systems (LA, Boston, Miami), as well as from fast food chains such as McDonald's and Taco Bell; therefore be it  

RESOLVED, Community Board Five urges DOE to ban LFTB immediately, and not in September as announced by the NYC School Chancellor, and be it further

RESOLVED, Community Board Five urges DOE to label all food served in their cafeterias, and to specify the use of non-meat products in the meat, and be it further

RESOLVED, CB5 urges DOE to work with nutritionists and supply chain engineers to develop healthy options such as: use of local organic beef, fish, and meatless protein options. 

The above resolution passed by a vote of 38 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.


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