BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC – Recent reports regarding Lean Finely Texture Beef (LFTB) and the use of ammonia hydroxide as a method of controlling harmful bacteria that may be present in ground beef have raised questions about the quality of food products served in school child nutrition programs throughout the nation.
Brunswick County Schools does not receive ground beef, beef patties, or other beef products directly from the USDA. Instead, the system chooses to divert its allocated beef allowance to food processors AdvancePierre Foods and JTM Food Group.
Neither AdvancePierre nor JTM Food Group use ammonia treated LFTB in school products.
The decision to divert the system’s beef allowance was made for two very important reasons, safety and efficiency. Brunswick County Schools opts for its processors to use a “whole beef combo pack” to produce products served in school cafeterias.
Working with a whole beef product reduces chances of food contamination when compared to working with an already ground product. Additionally, the system owns a freezer capable of storing products delivered directly from its processors, which equate to tremendous cost savings when compared to using distribution companies to continuously store and deliver items.