Boston public school system temporarily bans ground beef from its lunch menus until it can determine whether it contains ammonia-treated ground beef filler; move follows USDA announcement giving option not to purchase meat containing filler

LOS ANGELES , March 16, 2012 () – The Boston public school system has temporarily banned ground beef from its lunch menus until it can determine whether it contains ammonia-treated ground beef filler, The Boston Globe reported March 16.

The move is in response to the USDA’s recent announcement that school districts participating in its national school lunch program can opt out of purchasing meat containing the filler.

The district quarantined about 62,000 pounds of beef worth US$200,000, marking it “do not use.’’ If the meat contains the product, it will be discarded. Otherwise, it will return to the cafeteria.

The primary source of this article is The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts, on March 16, 2012.

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