The infamous pink-slime meat continues to rear its ugly head throughout your American food system.
Pressured by public opinion, McDonald’s has decided to scrap the controversial “pink slime” ingredient from its burgers and chicken. Taco Bell, Burger King, and many other fast food chains that once used the manufactured meat have also stopped using it as well.
The “slime,” which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, consists of spare beef trimmings that have been treated with ammonium hydroxide (to kills the pathogens and make it more pleasant to eat) and has been the target of health food activists.
Apparently, since the “junk-meat” still meets the FDA’s “strict” standards, in order to satisfy the American demand for meat, grocery stores and meat packers came up with a frugally egregious plan to fill your hamburger meat with over 70% PINK SLIME.
According to a recent ABC World News report from Jim Avila startling figure by a whistleblower at the USDA — who says he has quit his job out of disgust with the product.
The level of usage is consistent with a 2009 report on pink slime by the New York Times. The paper wrote that “a majority” of ground beef in America contained the substance, which is manufactured by a company called Beef Products, Inc.
Since then, fast food companies have discontinued their use of the product en masse. Pink slime is still in the mix of the ground beef used in school lunches, however.
So what does all this mean. Go Vegan? Storm the FDA and demand accountability? Yes, but if you’re not ready to take either one of those actions, try buying your meat from your local farmer’s market.
Ask the following questions:
- Where did these meats come from and how far did they travel to get to this farmer’s market?
- Was this cow grass-fed?
- Was there any hormones or antibiotics used to keep this cow healthy or alive?
- Did you [the farmer] add any preservatives after the slaughter to keep the meat looking fresh?
*You can also ask these questions at your local grocery store, but be aware, they may try to move you along if they can’t answer these questions, but stand your ground and demand accountability!
Watch the ABC NEWS video below: