#Pinkslime – Would YOU feed ammonia-treated petfood to YOUR kid?

Recently, some news items that are currently making the round of various media have caught my interest: have you heard of Pink Slime?

Pink Slime

Basically, it’s gunk added to beef as a filler, legally doesn’t need to be noted on the label, and is scraps leftover from fatty beef, and cartilage and other scraps that ordinarily would go into pet food, that is then minced finely until it resembles pink goo, then it’s treated to a lovely bath in ammonia to kill all the bacteria it’s full of.

Then, thanks to the miracle of food science, it’s added into the beef that is served to children in schools, and added into what you buy in the supermarket.

A USDA scientist, in an internal email that was never meant to be seen by the public, coined the term “Pink Slime” and in a recent interview, admitted that he wouldn’t feed it to his own family!

After being featured in it’s own episode on celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s show Food Revolution, fastfood chain McDonalds has announced that it will no longer put that garbage into the hamburgers it serves to unsuspecting customers.

A number of big-name supermarket chains in the US, such as Safeway, have also announced that they will no longer sell that garbage to their customers either.

And now schools themselves have the choice as to whether they will accept that crap for our childrens’ school lunch programs.

In a pitiful and heavy-handed attempt at emotional blackmail, the Pink Slime industry has announced that they have had to close 2 of their slime factories, and that if the new propaganda campaign they plan to launch in social media fails to re-brainwash the American Public that somehow this swill is fine for their kids’ consumption, that they will have to lay off workers.

Like it’s somehow our fault that they chose to manufacture a product that is both dishonest and unhealthy.

Oh, but it’s “beef”, they say!  I say check out Jamie Oliver’s website StopPinkSlime.org to learn more about it and see what YOU think it should be called!

And would YOU dip your food in ammonia before serving it to YOUR kids?  I think if someone actually did that, social services would be on them so fast, for abusive parenting!!

Check out this ABC News Investigative report:



What do YOU think?


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14 thoughts on “#Pinkslime – Would YOU feed ammonia-treated petfood to YOUR kid?

  1. I love this post! Well said! And they wonder why the incidence of all kinds of diseases in this country is so high! You never heard about cancer when I was a kid! Now look at the cancer rates! You never heard about ADHD, autism, strokes and heart attacks in YOUNG people. Cases of diabetes, depression and anxiety are through the roof! I’m sure there is A LOT more in the products we consume that we DON’T know about. I don’t trust the FDA. Thanks for having the courage to post this.

  2. Not really intending to gross you all out, yet if you think pink slime is sick. Try examining the average males large colon after death. On average a total of
    5 pounds of undigested ground beef remains for removal, repackageing and shipping off to the local
    supermarkets for possible resale.
    The consumer will never know…

  3. At this moment my teenage daughter is cooking up beef. I bought this beef specifically after asking for finely textured lean beef. Finely textured lean beef is all beef.
    Numerous foods are treated with ammonia like cheese and pudding. Ammonia is found naturally in all beef as well as many other foods. The human body makes around 4 grams of ammonia per day. Finely textured lean beef has about 40 milligrams, the bun has 50 milligrams blue cheese has many, many times that much. After the beef is seperated from the fat the fat is made into tallow. It is used extensively in cosmetics.

    1. Thanks for commenting Cynthia!
      How nice that you have the choice to buy the “Finely textured lean beef”, or Pinkslime, as it’s being referred to by USDA scientists. Many of us are choosing to NOT feed this to our families. And naturally occuring ammonia is alot different than artiticially manufactured ammonia, and if something is so filled with bacteria that it needs to be spritzed with ammonia, and was originally intended only for PET consumption – then I wouldn’t feed it to my kids.

      And as I mentioned above – if I were to spritz ammonia on my kids’ food, Social Services would no doubt have something to say about that, even if I explained that other foods have it “naturally occurring”.

  4. I guess I will add that I raise my own beef. I have butchered beef, pork, deer, turkey, chicken and probably other animals I can’t remember right now. I went to my store and asked for some. Just finished a burger actually. Very good.
    When we butcher we do our best to keep everything clean and bacteria free but I can not guarantee my ground beef is bacteria free. Finely textured lean beef is because they spritz it with ammonia to raise the ph level killing any potential bacteria.

    1. Thanks again for commenting, Cynthia! Wow, you certainly have alot to say on the topic 🙂

      Tell me, when you butcher your own beef, do you spritz it with ammonia before feeding it to your kids?
      And just as you have the choice to buy beef with the fillers and additives of your choice, others should have the choice to avoid that if they so wish to.

      I wonder why so many people like yourself feel defensive and threatened by other people having free access to information so that they can make an informed choice about what they eat or feed to their kids?

      Transparancy can only be a good thing…unless someone’s got something to hide, I guess 🙂

  5. I also have to add, my dad is a retired USDA inspector and he insisits FTLB is fine but there isn’t enough money in the world to pay him to eat an m&m.

    1. Thanks again for commenting, Cynthia, however a USDA inspector is not quite a USDA scientist, and two of those have been against pinkslime for years now, and refuse to feed it to their own families. The head of the USDA who approved it for human consumption against their advice has been found to have strong ties to BPI – they gave her a job after she resigned from USDA. That’s all pretty suspicious.

  6. I am so glad we have access to all this information so we can make informed choices about our food and our health. Years ago, before the Internet who knew about all this. For example, as a paralegal, I worked on a huge case concerning asbestos. It was routinely used as a fire retardant and insulator and workers applied the stuff without benefit of masks or proper ventilation. Decades later, people started getting sick, developing cancer and dying. Then up cropped the lawsuits, which, although I am no longer in the profession, must still be going on. It was found that companies producing asbestos knew about the dangers and covered it up.
    Back to the discussion at hand, I am glad of news stories like the “pink”. We do need more transparency in the labeling of food and other consumables and more open debate. As a result of this disclosure, the company producing the “pink” is now facing bankruptcy. If they do go under, yes, people will lose their jobs. If the product is unhealthy, like in the case of asbestos, companies can choose to produce a product that people will buy. That is free enterprise.

    1. Very good points, LittleDove!

      I’ve always wondered why the American consumer public is somehow responsible for keeping afloat private-sector companies who choose to carry out underhanded, deceptive, illegal or just plain irresponsible business practices – and when customers protest and stop buying products that don’t meet their needs, it’s somehow those ex-customers’ faults when that company goes under.

      Somehow, mom & pop companies take it much better when THEY go under – no whining for taxpayer-money bailouts that never get paid back, no matter how successfully the big companies rebound!

      I’m all for transparency in labeling – perhaps if BPI and others of their ilk had done so from the first, they would not be in such dire straits as they are now!

      And even putting “Lean Finely Textured Beef” on the labels is still deceptive – it should say “Lean Finely Textured Beef and Ammonia”

      I sure as hell wouldn’t buy it, but at least they’d be honest, and I wouldn’t feel the need to tweet about the inherent skulduggery of deceptive labeling practices!

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