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Vote No on Ag-Gag Bills to Protect Consumers

Vote No on Ag-Gag Bills to Protect Consumers

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.

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4:04AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

I make my kids lunches always have because the school food is just disgusting!!

9:52PM PST on Feb 6, 2013

thanks

9:19AM PDT on May 22, 2012

By the way, the butterfly credit cause "Raise A Farm Animal Humanely" is NOT a sanctuary for rescued farm animals, as the title suggests. It is a slaughtering farm that profits from selling animal parts for humans to eat. If you were not aware of this fact before, please email or petition Care2 to let them know that too many members are misled by this title.

9:08AM PDT on May 22, 2012

Vote?

11:42AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

thanks

9:10PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

I hope this is not happening in Australia. A supermarket chain here has no added hormones for their beef and australian pork so I shouldnt think they would have rubbish like this on the shelves.

10:23PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Double Yuck!!!

12:34PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Where are the PETITIONS to sign against AG-GAG and GMO's
We have so many rights to be fully informed being taken away by the FOOD CORPORATIONS. It's not just the pig's and chickens it is now movining into seafood and all plant life. Being a Vegan wont count for much at the rate things are going, no one will know what they are eating unless you grow it yourself.

11:54AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Simplest solution: don't eat meat.

2:35AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

I appreciate that Care2 has published this - it's something worth forwarding
I could never understand why people actually eat hamburgers, etc

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