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Fairfax Students Refuse 100% Pure Beef Burger, Prefer Additive-Filled Version

Update Date: Oct 06, 2013 12:56 PM EDT

After introducing 100% pure beef patties at the Fairfax County public school system, students have complained that the burgers did not taste or look right, and now the school system is bringing back the additive-filled burgers.

According to The Washington Post report, the change to all-beef patties had been petitioned and urged on by the group Real Food for Kids, which says its mission is to "educate our students and their families on making healthier lifestyle choices."

However, this fall, Fairfax County Public Schools brought back the previous version of burgers, after receiving many complaints from students regarding the taste of the natural burgers.

"To me, it was surprising because it seems a bit like a step backwards," said school board member Ryan McElveen (At Large).

School board member Ryan McElveen, who has pushed for fresh and nutritious food in schools, "said that the change occurred after students noticed that the old patties appeared to be pink in the middle," The Post says.

McElveen tells The Post that he was surprised by the switch to burgers with additives, "because it seems a bit like a step backwards."

A school spokesman says the new burger doesn't contain "pink slime," a filler product.

Penny McConnell, Fairfax schools' food and nutritional service director, sent a note to the advocacy group explaining that, "students are our customers and we listen to them and implement their requests if possible."

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