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Posts Tagged ‘Beef Products Inc.’

Beef Industry Rep Responds To Our ‘Pink Slime/Lean Finely Textured Beef’ Story

After reading our post on the controversy over “pink slime”/”lean finely textured beef,” a representative from the beef industry emailed us with a response.

Dan Casey, general manager at Nor-Am Cold Storage, told us we’ve got it all wrong. Nor-Am is a refrigerated warehouse where beef, pork, and poultry are packaged and ice cream is repackaged. Customers include big meat businesses like Cargill and Tyson.

“It’s not filler which would by USDA regulation require ingredient labeling. It’s beef 100%, about 20% more than ‘beef’ served at Taco Bell. It’s not made from scraps, but trimmings. This is a commodity not garbage. You have probably eaten it,” he wrote to us.

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It’s Safe, But No One Will Eat ‘Pink Slime’

As we noted this morning, Beef Products, Inc. is struggling to convince an outraged, meat-eating public that the “pink slime” or “lean finely textured beef” (choose which one you prefer) is actual beef that you should eat.

Christian Science Monitor reaffirms that the filler, which is made by running scraps through a machine to remove fat and usually involves the use of ammonia to kill bacteria, is safe. It may be safe, but it sounds disgusting. Marion Nestle, a noted nutrition professor and author from New York University says, “The question is whether it’s socially acceptable.”

And the National Meat Association‘s spokesperson Jeremy Russell says, “If our consumers aren’t willing to buy it, there is only so much we can do.” Even the USDA’s statement doesn’t address how appetizing the filler is, only that its safety.

Safe and nasty.

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