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