‘Pink slime’ not on the menu at Douglas County Schools
CASTLE ROCK – A lot of ingredients go into the meals served to the students in Douglas County School District lunchrooms, but one item you will not find is “pink slime.”
The term, “pink slime,” is used to describe a mixture of beef scraps and connective tissue (formerly used only for things like pet food) that is treated with ammonia hydroxide to remove pathogens like salmonella and E. coli. Recent stories in the media have uncovered that this type of food is being served in school lunches at some school districts-- concerning parents across the nation.
“This issue gets to the heart of why we do what we do,” explained Douglas County School District Nutrition Services Director, Brent Craig. “We serve only whole muscle chicken and high quality, healthy beef because we strongly believe that healthy food is a critical ingredient in helping students be healthy and ready to learn.”
“DCSD parents need not worry. No parent wants their child eating pink slime, and we understand,” Craig added. “Parents expect us to serve foods with wholesome ingredients so that's what we do.”
Douglas County School District purchases high quality beef from Advance-Pierre in Enid, Oklahoma. None of the meat used in school lunches is treated with ammonium hydroxide. As the District considers future food providers, one of its highest priorities is ensuring the food is wholesome and natural.
“We do everything we can to serve high quality foods. Our beef supplier has assured us that the beef they provide does not, and will not, contain pink slime,” Craig said.
According to Craig, the DCSD Nutrition Services department has been increasing its use of fresh fruits, vegetables and other food. Whole grains have been added to nine menu items, beans are now offered at least once a week, and adjustments have been made to provide more options to students with special diets like gluten free, allergies, and vegetarian diets.
You can learn more about the healthy foods served to students in Douglas County by visiting the Facebook page of DCSD’s Nutrition Services department: www.Facebook.com/SchoolNutrition