This is why I don't eat processed meat

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by niuniu, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Spotted this while looking up another article. Look at it

    That's ammonia treated connective tissue and other gunk. For your kids.

    Pretty sure this isn't legal in the UK, but even still, the processed meat we have here is known to contain all sort of stuff you wouldn't eat if you saw it whole. Very rare I'll eat meat these days, bit if I do it's got to be top notch.

    Give your kid a packed lunch if they serve that pink goop above. Cancer rates are so high - I wouldn't be surprised if one day they find 'food' like that is contributory.
  2. (marc) macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2010
    the woods
    I'm not saying it should be served to school children, but the problem is that if we're not going to eat it, who is? One could just dump it, but if we're all just going to eat the prime cuts, there will be a lot of waste.
  3. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010

    Ideally, you grandfather in existing batches of pink slime and not produce any more.

    But if that's your idea of good eats, who am I to say?

    I haven't touched the stuff in over 20 years.
  4. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
  5. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    You've never heard of dogfood?

    I agree niuniu and I even try to stay away from stew meat. Whole cuts of grass fed beef and organically grown chicken without antibiotics are the the only types of meat I eat. Everything else is suspect.
  6. (marc), Mar 6, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2012

    (marc) macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2010
    the woods
    There's no way around scraps, trimmings, etc. if you process an animal.

    I don't even want to know what they put in dog food - I surmise it's even worse than that pink slime.
  7. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010

    You're concerned about not wasting this valuable product.

    Well, you can feed any existing batches to the people who've been enjoying it all these years and not produce any further batches ... if the product is really so unappealing.

    Personally, it doesn't seem any less appealing than the many meat products people consume every day.

    Eat your pink slime or there's no desert for you!
  8. ericrwalker macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    I suddenly feel the urge to buy some potted meat on my way home today. It's probably better than that crap.
  9. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    It really says something when even Mcd's and Taco Bell won't touch the stuff.
  10. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    That just looks yummy. You'll eventually throw up a bit, but that defenitely looks good.
  11. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
  12. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
  13. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Connective tissue dyed pink to look like meat isn't my idea of a appetizing meal either. School children should be served standard meat products. I wonder if this is tied in with some type government backed meat packing scam where the workers sweep the floors of discarded meat products at the end of the shift and sell it to the government for the same price as regular meat.

    The food industry in the U.S. is truly, horribly screwed up and what some corporations get away with is criminal.
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Me too. Not sure what the hubbub is about:confused:
  15. (marc) macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2010
    the woods
    Some people realize what they were eating all along.
  16. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    From the link:

    It's interesting to note that there are multiple issue to consider here. One of the objections is that the product is not 'nutritionally equivalent" to ground beef. the other is that the cleaning agents pose a health hazard.

    Without more data we can't draw an infomred conclusion, but if microbiologists are recommending against its use the USDA better have a very stong case addressing their concerns if they are to convince us it's safe.

    It sounds like a failure of a department to keep to its own standards. It's one thing to create a low-grade but still safe product that is more filler and less meat, but if it poses health risks due to chemical agents added during processing it is completely unaccpetable.
  17. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    Appropriate topic for a forum that discusses the ugliness that is sausage-making (politics)

    ... The slaughterhouses that the United States have are pretty unique in terms of the speed of production. We have slaughterhouses that will process 300, 400 cattle an hour, which is as much as twice as many as anywhere else in the world. And it's that speed of production that can lead to food-safety problems.

    When workers are working very quickly, they may make mistakes. It's during the evisceration of the animal, or the removal of the hide, that manure can get on the meat. And when manure gets on some meat, and then that meat is ground up with lots of other meat, the whole lot of it can be contaminated. ...

    At a slaughterhouse, you have big animals entering at one end, and small cuts of meat leaving at the other end. In between are hundreds of workers, mainly using handheld knives, processing the meat.

    So during that whole production system, there are many opportunities for the meat to be contaminated. What we're really talking about is fecal contamination of the meat from the stomach contents or the hide of the animal. When workers are working too quickly, they can make mistakes. And if a little bit of meat gets contaminated, when it's ground up, it can contaminate a lot of meat.

  18. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    ...and if you have ever been in a slaughter house, you would know that there are USDA inspectors on site whose job it is to watch for any issues, test the products, and make sure there is no contamination.

    The US has the best food safety record of any developed nation, per capita, in the world.
  19. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    Is this true?
  20. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010

    Or in other words ... prove it's true.

    Anybody can make a claim.

    It's another thing to prove it.
  21. localoid, Mar 30, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012

    localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    Governors defend "pink slime", host plant tour

    From: 'Dude, It's Beef!': Governors Tour Plant, Reject 'Pink Slime' Label

    Governors from three meat-producing states today defended Beef Products Inc. (BPI), the company that makes lean finely textured beef, which now-former USDA scientists nicknamed "pink slime," after a walk through the company's plant accompanied by ABC News.

    "Let's call this product what it is and let 'pink slime' become a term of the past," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said after the tour, after which officials showed off t-shirts with the slogan, "Dude, it's beef!"

    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who received $150,000 in campaign contributions in 2010 from the founders of BPI, organized the governors' tour and press conference, but told ABC News that the contribution played no role in his decision to hold the event.

    ABC News was not allowed to ask questions during the tour...

    What's next in the War on Pink Slime? Will an anti-Pink Slime t-shirt bearing the slogan "Pink Slime? Dude, Nooooo Waaay!" make an appearance soon? Developing...

    Attached Files:

  22. glocke12 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2008
    two food.

    Since I became aware of "pink slime" I have started getting my ground beef at the local butcher shop. It is a world of difference from the stuff you get at the supermarket. It is slightly more expensive, but they will grind it right there in front of you if you want.
  23. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    'Dude, It's Beef!': Governors Tour Plant, Reject 'Pink Slime' Label

    Still the World's oldest profession. No contest.
  24. mcrain macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2002
    Pink slime funds Romney campaign

    If you need a metaphor to describe the frontrunner's campaign, here you go:

  25. eric/ Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
    That's what happens when the regulatory agency becomes infiltrated at all levels by people who worked at the very corporations it's supposed to regulate.

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