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Diogenese_wy Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 6:59 PM
Ten years ago, rejected fat, sinew, bloody effluvia, and occasional bits of meat cut from carcasses were a waste product called ‘trimmings’ sold primarily as pet food. Now they liquefy the trimmings and separate the sinews and fats from the meat, leaving a mash described as 'pink slime', which is sold as a low-cost additive to hamburger.
nawlins72 Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 7:17 PM
So you "disprove" Stossel's article by presenting us with a case of a product that caused no harm and was a low fat, high protein additive to meat. Brilliant!!
Diogenese_wy Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 6:59 PM
The problem when you turn ‘trimmings’ into "pink slime" to sell as a food product is that there's an issue with pathogens, like E. coli. Test samples of the pink slime came back positive for pathogens. Since there's no money in not selling it for human consumption BPI cleverly started disinfecting the slime with ammonia and convinced the FDA to allow them to list it as a "processing ingredient" so that we wouldn't know we were eating ammonia.
nawlins72 Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 7:04 PM
Uhhh...ALL meat, whether "trimmings" or hamburger meat, has the potential for E. coli contamination, which is why they test it for such pathogens. The "pink slime" was not absolved of this test requirement. As for the ammonia treatment, so what? Ammonia is a nature product of amino acid metabolism and common in the human body. The levels in the finished product were very small.

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