March 27, 2012 12:00 AM
The state Agriculture Department has notified school districts it will only offer beef without the ammonia-treated filler, as per federal directives.
Federal regulators say the product, which has been used for years and is known in the industry as “lean, finely textured beef,” meets food safety standards. The USDA says the ammonia used to disinfect the beef additive dissipates so rapidly, it’s barely detectable in the finished product.
But critics call the product an unappetizing example of industrialized food production.
State agriculture spokeswoman Lynne Richmond tells The Record newspaper the decision to stop using it followed a federal recommendation.
Schools can cancel beef ordered for the remainder of the year "
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