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Is Your Meat "Pink Slime" Free?

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“Pink slime” may sound more like something from science-fiction, but if you’re keeping up with the headlines you know the term is in reference to what’s found in a lot of the ground meat we are consuming today. Since pink slime (the left-over trimmings from the cow that butchers usually toss out) is so cheap, fast food joints, grocery stores, and school lunch programs have been using it for a while and the government claims it is safe to eat. But others disagree and want the slimy stuff off the market.

A recent report from NPR’s All Things Considered discusses the movement to take the so-called “lean, finely textured meat” off the menu. Thousands of people are stepping up to sign a petition urging the government to stop endorsing pink slime.

What’s so bad about the pink stuff? About a year ago food revolutionist Jamie Oliver offered a very informative segment on why we should steer clear of the pink slime.

And investigative reporter, Michael Moss, warns that since pink slime comes into contact with the cow’s hide it is in greater danger of contamination from forms of E. coli.  Since there is no way of telling if your ground meat contains the pink slime, you can be sure of a cleaner cut by having your butcher grind and package your meat right in front of you.

Does the idea of meat containing this "pink slime" worry you?

How do you make your meat purchases?
 


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  • kolorlady By kolorlady
    03.15.12  

    Ammonia--Really! Grew up in FL they test marketed soyburgers. They were good! Why are we poisoning our childern?

  • RoyalButterfly By RoyalButterfly
    03.15.12  

    The idea of meat containing "pink slime" does worry me. First, the term alone is not appealing to my appetite. Secondly, with recent and past bacteria outbreaks in various foods, I wouldn't want to purchase meat that has even the slightest chance of being contaminated. I believe the FDA, the goverment and any other higher powers really need to step up and advocate for the health and safety of our foods. They should be enforcing policies that do not allow for such things like this to happen just for the sake of saving a dollar.

  • jenndta69 By jenndta69
    03.15.12  

    This is just gross. The price of food keeps going up and the quality is going down. When we were kids no one hardly had food allergies or got sick on food. That should tell us that the food needs to be corrected.

  • VictoriaH By VictoriaH
    03.15.12  

    I think it's disgusting. I can't believe they aren't stopping this. We normally raise our own beef, thank goodness!

  • evienyc By evienyc
    03.15.12  

    The trimmings don't concern me as much as the ammonia they use to treat it. It's disgusting that we've been ingesting it into our bodies. I hope that the alternatives I've read about - Angus ground beef and Nature's Promise ground beef - are truly free of "pink slime" and are safer to eat, though if possible I'd rather buy a full cut of meat and ask a butcher to freshly grind it for me.

  • SuddenlyMom By SuddenlyMom
    03.15.12  

    I actually wrote about this almost a year ago- and even showed the same clip! It is safe to go with what you know... so get to know your butcher!

  • dringer157 By dringer157
    03.15.12  

    Yes it worries me because I have been eating it for years They need to STOP using it Now that its been put out in the open I think its gross and will have my meat ground fresh by the butcher Just another way for some rich person or company to make money at our expense!!!!! No wonder people get cancer and die from E coli what the heck!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jskell911 By jskell911
    03.15.12  

    Ironically, I just wrote a blog post about this earlier with a list of stores and whether or not they sell this stuff.

  • bridgetem By bridgetem
    03.15.12  

    So horrible! I am glad that we know about it and can take action! I am scared for what else is in our food!

  • heavenly41 By heavenly41
    03.15.12  

    McDonalds recently made a statement about not using this garbage in their McNuggets anymore. Repulsive. Safe to eat? No. Thank goodness I have a family member that cuts meat and that I know what I'm getting meat wise.

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