Keep Pink Slime Burgers Out of Schools

Target: Fairfax County School Officials

Goal: Convince school officials to recall decision to feed kids unhealthy pink slime burgers.

In 2012, “pink slime” patties were removed from school menus in Fairfax County, Virginia, thanks to the work of Real Food for Kids, a group that campaigns to keep students eating healthy in this educated, upper class suburb of Washington, DC.  That is why it is surprising that school officials recently decided to replace their all beef patty burgers with pink slime burgers again, giving no reasonable explanation other than saying the students wanted the old burgers back. Apparently, students grew used to the taste of the old, unhealthy burgers.

The pink slime patties that have re-entered the school system include at least 27 ingredients, rather than just pure beef. One of those ingredients is pink slime, a synthetic beef product which has made headlines for being far from healthy.

It seems senseless that school systems would re-implement a product that was fought against so persistently, solely based on students’ requests. Some of student complaints involved the fact that the all-beef patties were pink in the middle. The reason that the pink slime patties do not appear to be pink in the middle is because a caramel color additive makes the patties appear well-done. Clearly, these complaints are due to a lack of nutritional knowledge on the part of the students involved. If the students were more educated on both the all-beef patties and the pink slime patties, most would probably prefer the all-beef patties.

The students of schools in the Fairfax County should be educated about the beef they are being served, and the pink slime patties should be taken out of the schools for good. Please sign the petition below to help eliminate artificial pink slime burgers from schools.


Dear Fairfax County School Officials,

Your recent decision to re-implement pink slime patties rather than all beef patties in schools, based solely on student requests, is senseless.  You took the easy way out, granting the children what they want instead of focusing on their health or their education.

Many of the students’ complaints were based on the fact that the all-beef patties were pink in the middle. What the students do not know is that the only reason the pink-slime burgers are not pink in the middle is because they contain an artificial caramel coloring that makes them appear well done. This matter is a simple matter of education. If the children were informed about the contents of the meat they were consuming, I am sure most would prefer the all-beef patties.

Your decision to implement the old burgers directly reversed the efforts of Real Food for Kids, who used logic and the power of knowledge to demand that kids not be fed artificial ingredients like pink slime. It is a shame that the efforts of educated people are being defeated by the uninformed students. We urge you to educate the students about the contents of their food, and eliminate artificial ingredients including pink slime patties from your schools.


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  1. Again….don’t eat meat. This is what people are buying to feed to their family and children.

  2. Go vegetarian/vegan.

  3. Peter Stepaniuk says:

    I am sure if you would ask the students if they would like a 3 day school week they would be all for that also. The administration needs to do what is BEST for the students even if it is not what the student want. Trust me eatting Pink Slime is not what is best for the students.

  4. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    This is horrible. Please consider becoming vegetarian/vegan.

  5. Melinda Hernandez says:

    Feed the kids all meat patties or veggie patties. anything else is NOT food.

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