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Friday, March 9, 2012

70 Percent of Ground Beef at Supermarkets Contains ‘Pink Slime’

This is infuriating!!! Leave a comment with your thoughts!

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18 comments:

B Tolman said...

gag gag gag gag!!!!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Money doesn't talk, it screams. One would think that with all the HOPE and CHANGE in action that we could easily correct this problem. Look up Systemic Pesticide if you want to see what the government allowed to be put in vegetables, I would rather eat the hamburger.

Maggie said...

Jaimie Oliver talked about this in his show, Food Revolution, last summer. And in true JO fashion, he did a demonstration that sort of ruined hamburgers for me forever.

Maggie said...

Here's the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wshlnRWnf30

marisa said...

Betty~I agree, gag!

Sunnybrook~ Money does talk, sadly!

Maggie~thanks for the link, it is a great visual for my kids.

LindaG said...

Socialism and Soylent Green. Big brother is everywhere.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I just saw this story on TV a few minutes ago and they said that fast food places won't use the stuff but the government lets it be used in school lunch programs. So it isn't good enough for McDonald's but is fine for school children?

MAYBELLINE said...

I go to a butcher shop, pick out the cuts, and watch the butcher grind the meat and wrap it for my freezer.

Clint Baker said...

I saw this on the news today. It is disgusting!

Dale Johnson said...

What is "startling!" about this? Meat trimmings are heated and the fat is separated from the meat. The meat is then sprayed with ammonia and added to other ground meat and that is hamburger. There is no story here. Only adjectives and rabble rousing make it so. And a couple of USDA flunkies get their 15 seconds in the lime light for coining a phrase "pink slime".

There are at least 99,000 food products in the grocery store that have more processing and chemicals than "pink slime". And thousands of these products have chemicals worse than ammonia. For example, read the ingredients on your Diet Coke. At lease I know what meat and ammonia are. All those wonderful vegetables in the produce section are grown with chemicals much more hazardous than ammonia. When I was a potato farmer in Idaho, I would get headaches from handling the Disiston, Temick, and other carbamates and organophosphates that we used to produce potatoes.
But people loved my potatoes and Diane Sawyer never did a story on them.

It is not a single overblown story like this that should get our dander up. We should simply acknowledge that most food is not produced how we would like it to be produced. So we grow and raise our own or find a farmer that produces it how we want it to be produced.

There was no "pink slime" in the beef that I purchased from my student. But if the abattoir that harvested the steer did process those trimmings, it would still not bother me as bad as many other things that I eat.

Amy @ Heritage Homemaker said...

OH MY! My son-in-law works for BPI here in Amarillo. He is an electrician. It was never explained to me exactly what they do. But just several weeks ago, I did hear that BPI lost a couple of contracts. I guess comment about McDonald's explains part of that.

Yuck!

Dale Johnson said...

There is one thing that makes me gag - TEXTURED SOYBEAN PROTEIN. Yuk!

Diane said...

I am purchasing a chest freezer this week to get bulk grass fed beef from a local supply. Now on the quest for local poultry.
Blessings
Diane

David said...

Most folks today have not lived on a farm nor have they butchered their own meat to eat. I grew up on the farm and saw how they processed the meat they raised. They used every part of the animal and if they could have figured out a way to use the squeal they would have. Folks are so far removed from the reality of how animals are raised and processed that it grosses them out to see it. Quite frankly there are a lot worse things they could put in hamburger than trimmings. What makes us think that ecoli only exists in these parts of the animal.

In my humble opinion, I think this is a little over blown and it's not going to keep me from eating store bought burger.

I will say that we should all try to obtain the best quality meat we can and I do agree that free range grass fed chemical free meat is the best.

Have a great hamburger day today.

Nicole said...

Michael Pollan talked about pink slime in Food Inc. back in 2008. Pink slime has been a part of fast food for several years. It is also a huge part of the federal school lunch program.

Since viewing Food Inc. and learning about ammonia beef, my family has not eaten fast food or store bought ground beef. We only eat beef from a local, free range, grass fed beef farmer. Yes, it is more expensive. But I feel you either pay now or pay later for your health.

Thank you for posting this on your blog. It is an important subject and I appreciate your efforts to educate people about what they are feeding their families.

Kim said...

I cannot find the words I want to use to express my disgust over this.

Kristina Seleshanko said...

I was dismayed by this, as well. Then I did a little research. Really, it's all a bunch of media hype. Did you know, for example, that "pink slime's" ammonium hydroxide gas is naturally occurring in our atmosphere? You'll also find it in rain water, the soil, and in your own body. It also occurs naturally in many foods, including cheese, tofu, and vegetables. Read more here: http://proverbsthirtyonewoman.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-pink-slime-is-bunch-of-hype.html

Turling said...

Which is why I buy a steak and have the butcher grind it. At least I know it's meat.