Pink slime used in some ground beef

Pink slime used in some ground beef

Amarillo, TX - The product known as "pink slime" is stirring up controversy across the country, as well as right here in the panhandle.

Area meat producers and experts spoke to us about the concerns.

"Pink slime" is mixed in ground beef.

It's made of beef trimmings and treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria.

Images of the product can be found all over the Internet which is causing concerns among consumers.

Local meat producers we spoke with today tells us they have seen an increase in consumers buying ground beef from them instead of grocery stores, in fear this may be in the product.

There is currently an effort to ban beef containing the product from the federal school lunch program, with thousands of supporters in just a few days.

The Texas Cattle Feeders Association says consumers worried about ammonia hydroxide should not worry.

"Rest assured your beef in school lunches and grocery stores are safe. It's in plants and animals and humans and the way that it's incorporated into the lean finely textured beef is in a very small amount, just slightly over what occurs naturally in the environment," says Kristen Brown, Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

All of the beef provided in school lunches meets USDA requirements.

The beef trimmings used in the process are fresh and not scraps that have been left sitting out.