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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