Las Vegas, Nevada - Last week ABC News broke a shocking story about the truth about a substance known as “Pink Slime” which, according to former USDA scientists is included in 70 percent of the Ground Beef sold in the United States. Health and Wellness portal BeWellBuzz.com has dug deeper into this story to expose the truth about what exactly “Pink Slime” is and potential health issues it has for American beef consumers.
ABC News released a shocking tale on Wednesday night about a disgusting substance being incorporated in about 70% ground beef sold in the U.S. This dangerous substance called Pink slime is known to contain ammonia and was used as an ingredient for dog food and cooking oil sometime back. Ammonia is used in it to remove its side effects and bacteria on humans.
According to the ABC News report posted online on March 7th, 2012, Gerald Zirnstein, a former United States Department of Agriculture scientist confirmed that nearly 70 percent of all ground beef sold in grocery stores in the United States contains a substance he refers to as ‘Pink Slime’. “Its economic fraud,” stated Zirnstein in the ABC News report. “It’s not fresh ground beef - It’s a cheap substitute being added in.” Zirnstein and fellow USDA scientist, Carl Custer both warned the USDA against using “lean finely textured beef” and met with resistance.
The “pink slime” is made by gathering waste trimmings, simmering them at low heat so the fat separates easily from the muscle, and spinning the trimmings using a centrifuge to complete the separation. Next, the mixture is sent through pipes where it is sprayed with ammonia gas to kill bacteria. The process is completed by packaging the meat into bricks. Then, it is frozen and shipped to grocery stores and meat packers, where it is added to most ground beef.
However, not reported recently is the other side of this growing story. According to a CBS News report, Dr. Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University is convinced the ‘pink slime’ name is simply a buzz term to scare the public into a unreasonable panic. "It sounds disgusting," said Nestle. "A lot of people have been writing about it. Therefore, more people know about it, therefore more people are queasy about it, particularly when you start thinking about how this stuff turns up in school lunches," she said.
Although a lot of food chains such as McDonald’s and Taco Bell have stopped using ‘pink slime’ for their beef products, the US Government still buys it for school lunches. In fact, according to the newspaper, The Daily, the federal government plans to buy 7 million pounds of this meat in the coming year. The FDA is often questioned about its judgment regarding food when corporate interests are involved. This new subject of pink slime adds more to the doubts raised by the citizens over the inspection of meat.
To read more of the BeWellBuzz.com article which discusses both sides of the Pink Slime beef debate, please click the link below.
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