SC House Wants to Ban 'Pink Slime' in Schools

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By Alicia Barnes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The South Carolina House wants to ban public schools from buying meat containing the common beef filler dubbed ``pink slime.''

The House approved an amendment to its budget plan barring state money from buying food for students treated with ammonia hydroxide.

Rep. Chip Limehouse said Thursday ammonia shouldn't be served to children. He sees no good reason to put that in anyone's food but doesn't want to dictate to the private sector.

No state taxes pay for school meals, so the clause has no practical effect. Limehouse says he'll introduce an outright ban if necessary.

The U.S Department of Agriculture says it will give school systems a choice of beef patties made with lean finely textured filler or less lean ground beef without it. It says the filler is safe.

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