Pink Slime, the new cornsyrup.
Formerly used as filler in dog food, the picture above supposedly shows a product now labeled “Lean Beef Trimmings” by the USDA and “pink slime” by the media. This filler is a mixture of beef scraps, cow connective tissues and other spare beef trimmings treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill harmful bacteria such as salmonella. As the beef products for Pink Slime come from tissue and tendons It has been said that the color of the slime actually comes from the enormous amounts of ammonia used to treat the product. This product is approved by the USDA and is used widely in ground beef products sold in the US because it is a cheap substitution for beef and is made from product that would typically be thrown away. Because of its basic make up, products containing this mixture are not required to list Pink Slime or the ammonia used to treat it as an ingredient.
Several websites contain additional information on Pink Slime both defending it and others calling for its removal from products sold to the American public. Do your homework and take a side!
As those videos are both opinionated against the use of “Pink Slime”, here is one supposedly debunking it:
Don’t get me wrong though, I ate a hamburger for lunch today. If you ask me, a pound of this is still better than salmonella. I just eat grass fed beef and house ground sirloin as often as possible.
You are what you eat.