from Wikipedia and WEWS Channel 5 newsnet5.com
Three governors and two lieutenant governors plan to tour Beef Products Inc’s plant in South Sioux City, NB, to show their solidarity with the company. They’re concerned about losing the several thousand jobs it creates producing finely textured beef in a five-state area.
The processed gloop added to ground hamburger was dubbed “Pink Slime” in 2002 by Gerald Zirnstein, a Food Safety and Inspection Service microbiologist.
The governors insist that the product is a not a risk to health and is, in fact, nutritious. Beef Products defends its use of ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria in the offal used to create finely textured beef as a safe procedure.
Safe or not, they’re missing the point. I still have three objections:
1) You won’t find a nutritionist alive who recommends including processed foods in a healthy diet.
2) The spinal area in beef is the area in which Mad Cow Disease settles and is passed on to humans. The percent of cows inspected for the disease in the US is far below the rate inspected in other developed countries. Many scientists don’t believe it’s an adequate inspection system.
3) I’m sure the food industry could process earthworms and even the proverbial rat’s rear so that they’re bacteria free. But I hope they don’t and hope even more fervently that they haven’t. I don’t care to eat rats or earthworms any more than I want to eat the sanitized cows anuses the industry generously offers us as part of its finely textured beef.
Meat industry spokesmen assert that if consumers prevail in having Pink Slime eliminated from ground beef, prices will rise and the lean trimmings will have to be imported from other countries.
Oh, please. Consumers may develop a palate for imported wines, but who among us will develop a taste for imported Pink Slime?
Not putting the awful offal in our hamburger won’t hurt the meat industry’s bottom line.
All they have to do is switch back to putting the finely textured beef in pet food, which they’d been doing until persuaded by someone’s mad hare to put it in people food instead.
My thanks to my son for sending me the URL with the above information. He has an enthusiastic and appreciated interest in assuring my continuing education.