Schools switch back to 26-ingredient burger after kids complain

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

After receiving complaints from students that the new all-beef burger patties did not look or taste “right,” the Fairfax County public schools system returned to additive-filled burgers this fall. Real Food For Kids (RFFK), the Fairfax-based advocacy group that had succeeded in getting the school system to replace a 27-ingredient burger with all-beef patties last year, considers it a setback in teaching children to make better lifestyle choices.

The original burger patty served as part of the Fairfax County school lunch program came under fire in 2011 when it was revealed that the Don Lee Farms burgers fed to children contained “pink slime” as well as 26 other ingredients. Pink slime, also known as “lean finely textured beef,” is made by spraying ammonia gas on beef scraps and connective tissue, then finely ground and added to hamburger meat.

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