Monday, 16 April 2012
Did you know that there may be “pink slime” in the beef you and your children are eating? Sound appetizing? Perhaps it sounds better and more nutritious referred to by its proper, more appetizing name – lean finely textured beef (LFTB) or boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT). Regardless of what we call it, it exists, and most of us are eating it unknowingly.
So what exactly is “pink slime”/LFTB/BLBT? Simply put, it is processed beef trimmings. In the past, these trimmings were primarily used for the production of pet foods and cooking oils. In the early 1990s, however, “pink slime” technology was invented and we have been consuming it ever since.
So what is “pink slime” technology? The beef trimmings are heated and then spun around in a centrifuge to separate the meat particles from the fat and tissue. Any bacteria that exist are killed by ammonia, to make it safe for human consumption. The “pink slime” is then finely ground and compressed into blocks to be sold as beef product filler. This filler makes our beef leaner and cheaper.
“Pink slime” is approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it is allowed in any school lunch menu in the country. The USDA does not require ammonia to be listed on any beef product labels that contain “pink slime” as it says ammonia is not an ingredient but rather a process. That is a technicality since we are still ingesting it. And beware, even if “pink slime” is removed from beef products, it is expected to move on to other meats.
So where do I get “pink-slime-free” ground beef?
- ABC News contacted the top grocery chains in America to see if their beef contained “pink slime”. Visit here to see how they responded http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/where-to-get-pink-slime-free-beef/
- Jamie Oliver, the famous English-chef, known for his mission to improve the world’s eating habits, suggests watching the butcher grind your beef in front of you to know for sure what is in your beef. Check out this video where he explains about beef and “pink slime” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wshlnRWnf30