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Pink Slime Turns Dog Food Into People Food!
Jamie Oliver demonstrates how Pink Slime is made.
The Issues with Pink Slime
Pink Slime is in our food. Pink Slime used to be used for dog foods and other animal foods. Read on and learn where it comes from and how it is processed, what foods it is in, and why you may not want it there. Why isn't the USDA requiring it to be on food labels? Is it in your child's school lunch?
Pink Slime is a filler used to make ground meats go further. Sort of like the oatmeal or crackers you may use to make meatloaf or salmon loaf so you will not need as much ground sirloin or salmon for your recipe.
Pink Slime is the ‘filler’ used in processed meats, which in turn are used in convenience foods, fast foods, and so forth. The process of making Pink Slime almost makes hot dogs and processed lunchmeats look wholesome! Except now it is in those meat products. So what exactly is Pink Slime?
What Exactly IS Pink Slime?
Wikipedia describes and defines Pink Slime as the following: “Pink slime is salvage meat that is a food additive consisting of heated and processed beef scraps largely waste material from connective tissue, integument (tough outer protective layer such as a skin, membrane, or cuticle), digestive and rectal tissue, and spinal scraps, treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria.”
These are the parts of cows that were previously not useable in human food. These are the parts of a cow that were previously used for dog and chicken food. With the invention of this process used to turn these undesirable meat scraps that previously were not even fit to be put in hot dogs or lunchmeat, garbage meat scraps can now be fed to people at a much higher profit than when they were turned into dog and chicken food.
Pink Slime is mass-produced by placing the above described scraps in a centrifuge not so different from your automatic washing machine. The scraps are spun at high speed, which separates the tiny meat scraps from the fat. Next, to kill the E.coli and salmonella that is invariably included in this scrap mix, a solution of chlorine bleach and water is used to wash it. It is drained, leaving only traces of the ammonia behind in the meat, and then minced/ground and prepared to be added to ground beef as a filler to make the ground beef go further.
Ammonia is toxic to the human body, so even though there is some ammonia in the blood stream of humans most of the time, those levels must be kept at what are considered safe levels. (For what are safe levels for adults, children, and babies, copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://www.highammonialevels.net/ )
Pink Slime Is In Our Food and There Is No Requirement To List It On the Label!
Pink Slime is used in ground beef that is put in convenience foods like chili, meat sauces that may include pasta, tacos, burgers, and TV dinners. Pink Slime is included in most fast food burgers from well-known fast food restaurants.
According to Jamie Oliver, famous English chef, our government allows ground beef to contain up to 15% of this Pink Slime. Oliver further says that Pink Slime is already in 70% of all ground beef products. The USDA allows Pink Slime to be in food served to children in school lunchrooms without informing parents or anyone that it is included in the food. The USDA does NOT require that the presence of Pink Slime, or the traces of ammonia still in it, be listed on product labels.
What a boon for the meat processing industry! Turning dog food and other animal food into people food! What’s next?
The Latest On This Issue
Associated Press writer, Candace Choi, writes in the Christian Science Monitor today, June 5, 2012, that the USDA provides up to 20% of the meat that is sold to schools for school lunches through contracts it makes directly with meat product companies.
Due to the recent controversy over “pink slime,” the USDA has given schools a choice this year as to whether they want to purchase meat containing pink slime, or not. All states except Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, have declined to purchase meat products containing the filler known as pink slime.
As a result of the public outcry against pink slime, not only in conjunction with school lunches, but in products offered in grocery stores and fast food restaurants, companies that provide pink slime are reported to be “reeling.” Their business is being sharply curtailed by the public outcry.
One company, Choi reports, Beef Products, Inc., located in South Dakota, has been forced to close 3 of its 4 plants. The downside of that is, of course, job losses.
The fast food restaurant chain, Five Guys Burgers, is reported as saying they will continue to include pink slime in their meat offerings.
On June 5, 2017 a lawsuit began that has been brought against ABC News for what the petitioning company calls severely damaging reports that nearly destroyed it, as described above. The lawsuit is in progress at the time of this writing and the results will be shared as soon as they become available. This lawsuit could decide the future of Pink Slime.
Jamie Oliver Demonstrates How Pink Slime Is Made
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