Outrage Reduces Industry Need for Pink Slime

By Lacy J. Hansen for DietsInReview.com

Once consumers learned the truth about “Lean Finely Textured Beef,” or pink slime, it seems that every distributor is discontinuing its use. Safeway announced its plan to stop sales this week and Walmart has made statements regarding their future sales as well.

As a refresher, pink slime consists of ground-up beef scraps, cow connective tissues and other beef trimmings. The meat is treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria, and then blended into traditional meat products, like hamburger patties.

This product has been served in the U.S. for over 20 years. The filler was labeled as “Lean Finely Textured Beef,” even though the industry nickname has always been pink slime. When the truth about this product was exposed and the fact that it was an ingredient in over half of the burgers sold and served in this country, the people spoke up and they spoke up loudly.

Due to negative publicity and concerns, three major fast-food chains were the first to announce their discontinuation of the product. McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King made the first news as they now reject the product.

After our government ordered 7 million pounds of pink slime for the schools, a huge public outcry and online campaign brought change. Starting this fall, schools now have the choice of using pink slime or filler-free beef.

Now the refusals are getting closer to home. California-based grocery store chain Safeway and chain grocer Alberston’s announced it would no longer use pink slime.

In addition, many other grocery chains are being questioned regarding their use of pink slime and many are making certain to at least offer consumers a choice. Walmart was specifically questioned about their meat products and what they plan to do about pink slime. They stated that while their ground beef does contain pink slime filler, they will soon offer customers options, including beef that is pink slime-free.

Even with all this news of discontinuation, the USDA assures that the filler is safe.

“USDA continues to affirm the safety of Lean Finely Textured Beef product for all consumers and urges customers to consult science-based information on the safety and quality of this product.”

If the trends remain, it seems clear that the people have spoken, science-based information, or not, we want pink slime far away from our meat.

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Tom C.
Tom C.6 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".

Travis D.
Travis D.6 years ago

Are we sure the media gave us all of the facts to make a good decision?

Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

NEED??? Since when did we NEED to feed DOG FOOD and PINK SLIME to our CHILDREN???
Up until 2001 pink slime could only be used in DOG FOOD!!! Then BIG AG sneaked and put PINK SLIME and BLEACH in your CHILDREN'S FOOD!!! What do you think of your GOVERNMENT WHO ALLOWED PINK SLIME AND BLEACH IN YOUR CHILDREN'S FOOD?
That's a jailable offense! If YOU fed your children DOG FOOD with BLEACH in it YOU would be put in JAIL!!!!!

KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Sharyl B.
Sharyl B.6 years ago

In light of all the negative press as of late on the Lean, Finely-Textured Beef (LFTB) produced by Beef Products, Inc (BPI) I find this latest article about ground beef recall alarming at the very least! The LFTB produced by BPI has had a spotless record of food safety; NEVER a recall in over 20 yr of production. I speculate that most of the objections to LFTB are due to MISinformation. Is it in objection to the ammonium hydroxide used in making sure the beef is safe? If so, have any of the objectors bothered to check the facts and see what this really entails?? It is a naturally occurring product AND it is used in many, many food products including breads, cheese, chocolates, meats, & more. It is naturally occurring in our body. The ammonium hydroxide used to keep many foods safe IS NOT the same compound as used in cleaning your house. Considering what some foods contain that we & our children consume... the incredible amount of preservatives, sugars, energy drinks, etc. LFTB is in the safer and healthier category. This shameful, hyperbolic witch hunt on a safe food product will only cause MORE problems with unsafe food & recalls as well as raise food prices for everyone! If you want to check out a site with nothing to sell and no bias - check this one for info on ammonium hydroxide: http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detail.aspx?topic=Questions_and_Answers_about_Ammonium_Hydroxide_Use_in_Food_Production PLEASE - educate yourself and don't reply on the uned

Angela N.
Angela N6 years ago

Another reason I love being a vegetarian :D

india n.
india nunan6 years ago

I've never felt so relieved that I no longer eat meat. Absolutely vile.

Sheila C.
Sheila C6 years ago

Now let's get the pink slime out of ground chicken, turkey and pork. Thanks for the article.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley6 years ago

Thanks for the article. I'm glad that I'm a vegetarian.

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson6 years ago

Not only the petitions have helped, but the radio airwaves and the talk show hosts, with their help publicicty and trying to contact the heads of grocery corps, etc and putting it on the frontline daily, here in the Seattle area..the only major food chain that will still crry BEEF WITH "PINK SLIME " IS....walmart!!!!..no surprise there, for anyone who is petitioning for rights!!