The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this year, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the vast majority of states participating in its National School Lunch Program have opted to order ground beef that doesn't contain the product known as lean finely textured beef. Only three states – Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota – chose to order beef that may contain the filler. The product has been used for decades and federal regulators say it's safe to eat. It nevertheless became the...

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