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    Pink slime is on the run!

    Posted March 30th, 2012 by

    You did it! Thousands of MomsRising members joined the chorus of concerned consumers about the presence of pink slime, also known as “LFTB” (lean, finely textured beef) in cafeterias, restaurants and supermarkets. Your voice made the difference and major changes have been made within corporations and the government affecting the food our families eat. In a matter of days:

    • The government decided to allow school districts across the country to reject pink slime as part of their federally subsidized school foods programs. [1]
    • Safeway –the 2nd largest supermarket chain in the country –announced that they will cease selling ground beef made of pink slime in their 1,400 stores nationwide. [2]
    • Kroger – the LARGEST supermarket chain in the country with 2,435 supermarkets in 31 states, will no longer sell the additive in their beef [3]
    • Pink slime is on the run! But it still isn’t out of every grocery store, and labeling still isn’t required.  Let’s increase the momentum.

    *We’re not done yet!  Pink slime is still unlabeled and being sold in many grocery stores. Tell the USDA and FDA to get pink slime out of all ground beef now, or at very least to require labels to list it as an ingredient so that we can decide whether or not to buy it for our families. http://action.momsrising.org/sign/nopinkslime/

    Even though supermarket chains like Kroger and Safeway will no longer sell pink slime, and schools now have some say in whether or not to purchase meat containing LFTB, more work is needed to make sure all families know what they are eating when they buy meat at the store or when their children eat lunch at school.

    What is pink slime?

    “Pink slime” is a term used to describe a food additive made from spare beef trimmings that are treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill off E. Coli, salmonella, and other possible bacteria. [4] Until we raised our voices, it was in grocery stores, cafeterias, and restaurants across the nation. In fact, merely one week ago, an article noted, “ABC cited a former U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist in saying that 70% of supermarket ground beef contained the additive.” [5]

    That is all about to change!

    Our voices are being heard!  But we’re not done yet.  Pink slime is still unlabeled and being sold in many grocery stores.

    *Let’s increase our momentum and tell the USDA and FDA to get pink slime out of ground beef now, or at the very least to require labels to list it as an ingredient so that we can decide whether or not to buy it for our families. Click here: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/nopinkslime/

    Why are mom and dads so concerned about what our families eat?

    Our children are facing increasing health risks related to their diets. As parents, we make every effort to feed them quality, wholesome foods but we can’t do that if we don’t even know what’s in the products we buy. It’s time to take pink slime off of the menu and off of grocery store shelves–or at least require it to be listed on food labels so moms and dads can decide what’s in the best interest of their families.

    Please spread the word and share this blogpost with neighbors, family, and friends. When moms speak up, families benefit!

    [1] CBS News – http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57398066-10391704/usda-schools-can-decide-if-pink-slime-will-be-served-in-school-lunch/

    [2] ABC News – http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/safeway-to-stop-selling-pink-slime-textured-beef/

    [3] Wall Street Journal – http://online.wsj.com/article/AP63ff1496b4174ca6bdf5daf752e40881.html

    [4] ABC News - http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/is-pink-slime-in-the-beef-at-your-grocery-store/

    [5] LA Times – http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-pink-slime-20120309,0,1330346.story

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    10 Comments

    June 6, 2012 at 9:27 am by Lesego

    Let them label the pink slime and see if people are gonna opt for it.

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    April 7, 2012 at 9:03 am by Chris

    Another concocted hysterical crisis that will result in nothing…..moving on.

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    April 1, 2012 at 11:58 am by Kim

    The fact that these trimmings were put in pet food before, is simply due to the fact that the trimmings were too small to separate. An innovative process has enabled the industry to separate these pieces of ribeye, roast and rib meat and make more burger per cow. Meat by-products are parts of slaughtered animals that don’t include meat. These include lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, liver, blood, bone, and stomach and intestines freed of their contents.
    Ribeyes, roasts and ribs are not by products. Although this is an unappetizing analogy, when you sweep your floor and pick up with the dustpan, tiny particles are still left. When you use the vacuum or a damp rag to pick them up – they are still dust particles. They didn’t turn into something else just because they were too small to end up in the dustpan.

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    March 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm by Kim

    “Pink slime” is not an ingredient in beef. It is treated trimmings from ribeye, ribs and roasts that were just otherwise too small to use (beef in hamburger form). Hamburger is ground beef (beef in hamburger form) linked to many illnesses and deaths. Not one single illness has been reported from the consumption of this product over many years of use. You likely grew up on it. Educate yourselves. http://beefisbeef.com/

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    Queenie Reply:

    @Kim, I disagree vehemently that ‘beef is beef’ if normally non-edible portions of the cow are processed in a way to make them simply digestible. As a nation, we are stunned at the rise in childhood asthma, ADD and autism. Is it possible that we are the cause, feeding our children inorganic meat by-products? I also seriously doubt that we ‘grew up on it’. It is only in recent years that food technology has permitted the use of these ‘invented’ foods.

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    Kim Reply:

    @Queenie, You have obviously not educated yourself. These are not meat by products. They are trimmings from ribeyes, ribs and roasts that otherwise would be too small to use. None of the meat used is by-product that you normally wouldn’t eat. Unless you don’t eat ribeyes, roasts or ribs. BPI has been making and selling this for over 20 years, it is just now one of the latest “farce” scares. Those meat by-products, cartilage, etc type of items is still sold off as scrap to pet food manufacturers.

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    Queenie Reply:

    @Kim, I have read all that I can find on this topic so that fact that we disagree does not make me uneducated in the matter. Until 20 years ago, these same, now edible parts were relegated to pet food only. As we all become more informed about the impact of the source of our food, the more common these outcries will become. Not only for beef – and certainly not only for BPI. Do you work for them or something? cause I have no issue with the COMPANY. I take issue with the industry. And no, I did not grow up eating this stuff. My hamburger has and does come from a steak that I select and is ground fresh for me. Long ago I noticed the inferior hamburger meat that was available and began asking the butcher at the local supermarket to grind my meat fresh. If these small pieces of edible meat are so harmless, why not include the percentage on the label the same way water and fat content is identified and let each consumer decide?

    Anonymous Reply:

    @Queenie, You are ignorant. I suppose you don’t pick the bones of a turkey after Thanksgiving dinner because that would be eating “turkey slime”. Don’t make chicken stock with chicken bones because you will be making it with “chicken slime”. Quite frankly, the beef slime that these MomsCrazing.com members fight against is what is used to make beef stock and is a very efficient way to use all the meat that is on an animal. As an advocate for animals, I am for anything that reduces unnecessary slaughtering due to wasteful methods of processing meat.

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    Queenie Reply:

    @, Wow. Directly to the person attack. No response to that is even necessary. And again, I ask, why not let the consumer, meat-eating or otherwise, decide for themselves?

    Lesego Reply:

    @, Why dont they label the pink slime and see if people are gonna opt for it.

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