‘Pink Slime’ Processor Goes Bankrupt

If you don’t believe anything can quickly change in the food industry, you might be surprised to learn a manufacturer of the ground-beef product called pink slime has filed for bankruptcy. The main cause was said to be extensive media coverage, which caused a dramatic drop in demand for the meat filler, which has been in many beef products on the market.

“Ongoing media attention has called into question the wholesomeness (of the meat) and dramatically reduced the demand for all ground beef products,” said AFA interim Chief Executive Officer Ron Allen, according to Bloomberg News. One of AFA’s competitors said it was scaling back production of the beef filler. It has been reported McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell have all dropped it from their menu items.

Pink slime may still be in beef products sold at grocery stores. It has been estimated seventy percent of ground beef could contain the beef filler, which is a blend of connective tissue and muscle. One of the initial sparks of the pink slime media furor was over the USDA’s purchase of millions of pounds of the stuff for lunches at public schools.

The way it is processed has caused concern it could harbor pathogens, such as E. coli or Salmonella and other bacteria. The meat industry tries to decrease the risk of beef filler containing such microorganisms by treating it with a gas made of ammonium hydroxide. (Grist pointed out ammonium hydroxide is just one of chemicals used in meat processing, but consumers probably don’t know about.)

Pink slime has also been defended by some saying it it contains less fat than some other beef products. Iowa governor Terry Brandstad was one of the defenders: “It’s beef, but it’s leaner beef which is better for you. We take this off the market then we end up with a fatter product that’s going to cost more and is going to increase the obesity problem in this country.”
(Source: Indiancountrymedianetwork)

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Lydia Price

We really shouldn't be profiting from the death of another. If you couldn't bear to murder an animal and then eat it, why would you pay someone else to do it for you? It's just as evil. Please don't eat meat and let's shut these death camps down. Stop the Animal Holocaust.

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Annemarie W.
Annemarie L.3 years ago


Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

That's what happens when you make shit and people find out.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago


Travis D.
Travis D.3 years ago

Jane B, I can tell you are passionate about what you eat. You should be. However, I'm not sure were you are getting your facts from. I am not rich, nor am I fat. I have not heard that chicken manure is fed to cows. I am not a cattle producer but I do have friends that raise cows. Lean Finely Textured Beef does not have bleach in it. Many things can become dog food. You can feed your dog the best steak in the world if you want to spend that much money. My guess is, you don't eat meat. Me personally, I enjoy a good hamburger or even a thick steak. It doesn't mean that I don't like vegetables or people that eat them. If you choose not eat meat and it makes you happy, great. I choose to eat meat with LFTB in because it is my choice. Isn't that what America is about, freedom, freedom of choice?

Jane Barton
Jane Barton3 years ago

"We take this off the market then we end up with a fatter product that’s going to cost more and is going to increase the obesity problem in this country."

No, no, no cut out the middle man and mix in the chicken manure you feed to the cows already, directly with the beef and just put more bleach and poison in it to kill the bacteria. Charge twice the price and people will come running for the new and improved "pre-digested protein" fed finely textured beef. Put on dreamy commercials of chickens pooping in cow's mouths and make a killing. They've eaten dog food mixed with bleach for 12 years, you know they will feed their children any dead, stinking, rotting thing you put on the market. Remember, this is NOT a civilized country, you have the "freedom" to pollute to your heart's content, no matter how many people you make sick or torture or kill. THIS IS AMERICA,
THE LAND OF THE FREE IF YOU'RE RICH (well, if you're poor, you have no choice but to eat their dog food and when you get sick, they will blame YOU for eating their dog food and tell you to shut up and die). But there's one thing they can't take away, YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO GET FAT!!! Halleluyah!!!!

Jon Hoy
Jonjon Hoy3 years ago

The whistle blower on Pink Slime needs to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Shame on the companies for feeding the public garbage. All schools here have stopped using pink slime and supposively McDonalds has too from what the news said. Now wonder our kind have become monsters from eating pink slime. Too many store now have recalls on hamburger meat over the years and I don't trust it period. I wouldn't even feed it to my dog.

Tom C.
Tom C.3 years ago

What we have all been exposed to here is a classic example of media sensationalism aimed at ratings rather than facts. Let's all be good consumers and educate ourselves before we jump on the ban wagon. There are a plenty of credible sources out there we can use to make our own decisions. "A well informed consumer has the tools to, and will, make good decisions".

Armand B.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for the good news...this stuff is crap!