Thursday March 15, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Rep. Chellie Pingree says it isn't good enough for school districts to be allowed to opt out of serving so-called pink slime - what critics have dubbed ammonia-treated ground beef filler.

Pingree, D-1st District, wants the Obama administration to completely ban the product, not just allow schools that participate in the federal school lunch program to decide whether or not they want to serve it. Pingree is a member of the House Agriculture Committee.

In a letter Wednesday to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Pingree said that, “It’s wrong to feed children a slurry that was formerly only used for dog food.”

Pingree's stand is getting some national TV attention, too. MSNBC host Chris Jansing read the above passage from Pingree's letter, noted Pingree also is a farmer, and concluded: "How do you argue with that?"

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