Friday, March 9, 2012

Food Facts Friday: No, sorry, it's not strawberry soft serve

Pink Slime
You may have heard of 'Pink Slime', it's been in the news a whole big bunch the last few days.
So, why the re-iteration?
Because it IRKS me that the USDA would purchase 7million pounds of this Pink Slime for the National School Lunch Program.

And here is a chance - as knowledgeable adults, who have freedom of speech and who care about children - to speak up and say, "NO MORE PINK SLIME IN THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM!"
Simply sign a petition that tells 
the USDA to STOP 
putting Pink Slime in the National School Lunch Program.

Even if you don't have kids or can't stand the little buggers or could care less about what kids eat in school, you should know about Pink Slime, otherwise known as ammoniated beef. 
Because it is in 70% of all American Ground Beef.

Got your interest, now? 
What is this Pink Slime?
Pink Slime is the meat manufacturers way of ripping us off. Or better yet, as coined by Chef and TV personality, Jamie Oliver, it is a "food product being sold that has no respect for food, people or children."

The meat industry takes fatty beef trimmings and connective tissue, which was once used as dog food or rendered for cooking oil, and processes it with ammonia gas. 
Ammonia gas processing of "meat" trimmings 
Why ammonia gas? Because the trimmings are at risk for E.coli and Salmonella contamination and the ammonia kills those pathogens. The end product, Pink Slime, is packaged, frozen and shipped to grocery stores and meat packers, so it can be added to your ground beef and sold to you, the unsuspecting consumers. 

Why no labels, like:
 "CAUTION: This Ground Beef Contains Disgusting Pink Slime" 
Get ready for the soap opera-like twist to this story ...
Because USDA Officials, with ties to the beef industry, labelled it meat!

This is true, former undersecretary of agriculture, Joann Smith, approved it as meat. As a result, Beef Products, Inc. (BPI) has made millions of dollars getting their Pink Slime into our food supply. What's Smith doing nowadays, besides avoiding phone calls from reporters ....She is on the Board of Directors for BPI's major supplier, where she has worked for 17 years, and where she reportedly has earned a total whopping 1.2million US dollars.
Well, surprise, surprise! 
Big corporations and a politician or two in the USA made a profit by tainting our food supply with ________!
I'll leave it to you to fill in the blank...

And if you are so inclined, 
please sign the petition that tells 
the USDA to STOP
putting Pink Slime in the National School Lunch Program.


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