So taking this opportunity since Pink Slime is now in the news (its manufacturers are suing ABC for $1.2 Billion), here's a few things you should know about this stuff:
- Pink Slime's real name is lean finely textured beef (LFTB)
- It's a low-quality and low-fat meat used as filler in ground beef
- Pink Slime consists of cartilage, connective tissue and sinews that are removed from bones via machines. It is then heated and treated with gaseous ammonia or citric acid to kill E. coli, salmonella, and other bacteria
- The name Pink Slime was coined by a 2009 New York Times article, but it stuck
- The fallout from that article and the media explosion that followed led to McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell announcing they would stop using it
- Due to the bad press, BPI, one of its producers, had to close three production plants, cutting 650 jobs.
- It's banned in Canada and the European Union. For a while in the U.S. it was only fit for pet food. The USDA has said that "The process used to produce LFTB is safe and has been used for a very long time. And adding LFTB to ground beef does not make that ground beef any less safe to consume.
- This picture above is one of the only pictures of Pink Slime being produced, and it alone created a media firestor
- The Pink Slime lobby has the following pro-Pink Slime propaganda sites masquerading as unbiased information - http://www.pinkslime.biz/ and http://www.beefisbeef.com/