ABC News reports that 70 percent of the ground beef people are buying in grocery stores contains “pink slime’ or beef trimmings treated with ammonia.
When it came out several years ago that some fast food restaurants were using “pink slime” in their meat we tried to avoid eating hamburgers out and started cooking them more at home. But now with this new report, what’s a mom to do?
“Gerald Zirnstein grinds his own hamburger these days. Why? Because this former United States Department of Agriculture scientist and, now, whistleblower, knows that 70 percent of the ground beef we buy at the supermarket contains something he calls “pink slime….”
The “pink slime” is made by gathering waste trimmings, simmering them at low heat so the fat separates easily from the muscle, and spinning the trimmings using a centrifuge to complete the separation. Next, the mixture is sent through pipes where it is sprayed with ammonia gas to kill bacteria. The process is completed by packaging the meat into bricks. Then, it is frozen and shipped to grocery stores and meat packers, where it is added to most ground beef.
“The “pink slime” does not have to appear on the label because, over objections of its own scientists, USDA officials with links to the beef industry labeled it meat.”
“The under secretary said, ‘it’s pink, therefore it’s meat,’” Custer told ABC News.”
The Huffington Post reports that according to the Food Safety News a group of food safety advocates who met this week at 2012 Annual Beef Industry Safety Summit was flabbergasted at the level of public outrage over “pink slime.”
So if you are bothered by the idea of pink slime, how can you be sure you aren’t buying it?
From a different ABC News article:
“ABC News emailed the top 10 grocery chains in America. Only Publix, Costco, HEB and Whole Foods responded, saying they don’t use pink slime. No word yet from the rest.”
“A viewer, Miles Herbert, wanted to know, “Is there any evidence that organic meat contains this pink slim?”
“It turns out there isn’t. If your meat is stamped USDA Organic, it’s pure meat with no filler.”
Another food blog I read suggested picking up a roast such as a boneless chuck eye roast and ask someone behind the butcher counter to grind it for you. The food blogger says if they want to keep your business they will and you’ll know it’s 100 percent beef without fillers.