By Descygna Webb for DietsInReview.com
The investigation into pink slime in our meat supply continues to gain media coverage across the country. Pink slime has been receiving a lot of attention due to it being a cheap meat filler that looks like play dough. It is used in 70 percent of the ground beef currently available in grocery stores. The material is pink, frozen and made from low-grade trimmings of the cow, usually the most contaminated parts. These trimmings are simmered in low heat to separate the fat and tissue and then sprayed with or soaked in ammonia to kill germs, bugs and other deadly substances. Despite the graphic process used to extract this substance, the USDA says that it is safe to eat. The government has even purchased 7 million pounds of pink slime to use in school lunches throughout the country.
As news was uncovered about pink slime and its popular use, consumers have started asking questions. People want to know which companies and grocery stores use pink slime so that they can avoid it. It is not required that pink slime be included on ingredient labels making it hard to be identified. Along with news constantly surfacing about the use of pink slime in food, various state governments are now dealing with the possible passing of ag-gag bills. These bills would make it unlawful to use hidden cameras to expose how our food is made. Bills like this will also keep consumers from knowing true practices and make it more difficult to find out what types of materials are being eaten.
When it comes to eating, we all need to be very aware of what we are putting into our bodies. Several fast food restaurants stopped using pink slime when the details were revealed, but if the ag-gag bills are passed, things could change. One of the best ways to ensure you are getting quality meat that is free from pink slime and other dangerous materials is to buy meat that is raised locally. Visit your butcher and ask questions before purchasing anything. When you take an active role in talking to the people handling your food, you can be sure that you are getting a healthy and safe cut of meat.