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Pink slime is back on the menu

Here's another reason why it's nice to be a grownup. After dutifully freaking out about pink slime -- sorry, lean finely textured beef -- schools in seven states have changed their minds. Citing tight budgets, they're back to serving the ammonia-treated meat product in cafeterias.

This time last year, only Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota were feeding their schoolchildren pink slime-tainted beef. But in the past week, according to government data obtained by POLITICO, schools in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas resumed placing orders for it with the USDA.

Officially, it's safe. But in case you need a refresher on why everyone was so upset about it in the first place, POLITICO provides a succinct, yet evocative, primer:

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