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Does kosher ground beef contain pink slime?

Isolda Apr 11, 2012 09:24 AM

Please say no! I picked up three pounds of this stuff at Costco today and I assumed it was slime-free. I usually buy grass-fed from WF, but the price on this stuff was so good I couldn't pass it up.

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  1. bagelman01 RE: Isolda Apr 11, 2012 09:45 AM

    no major American processor of kosher ground beef uses it

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    1. re: bagelman01
      Isolda RE: bagelman01 Apr 11, 2012 09:56 AM

      Thank you! I'm assuming anything Costco sells is from a major producer, so I think we're good.

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        ferret RE: bagelman01 Apr 11, 2012 11:42 AM

        Simply put, only Cargill and BPI produce it and neither one has Kosher certification.

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        Just Visiting RE: Isolda Apr 11, 2012 10:09 AM

        Costco has stated publicly that it does not sell ground beef containing pink slime. Presumably, that applies to the kosher ground beef as well. If it is the Teva Brand, you can check the Teva website.


        There is nothing on the website but there is contact info.

        Just curious - do you eat hot dogs? What is the difference between the meat scraps that go into hot dogs and the meat scraps that go into pink slime? They use ammonium hydroxide on hot dogs, too. And on lunch meats, chili, sausages, pepperoni, retail frozen entrees, roast beef, and canned foods. So what precisely bothers you about pink slime?

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        1. re: Just Visiting
          Isolda RE: Just Visiting Apr 11, 2012 11:22 AM

          Sorry, not going to debate/defend my reasons for wanting to avoid pink slime. There's just no accounting for taste now, is there?

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            Just Visiting RE: Isolda Apr 11, 2012 04:27 PM

            Wasn't asking you to debate/defend. I was genuinely curious.

          2. re: Just Visiting
            ferret RE: Just Visiting Apr 11, 2012 11:44 AM

            FYI, there isn't a whole lot of difference between the "meat scraps" and any other meat.

            1. re: ferret
              hotoynoodle RE: ferret Apr 11, 2012 05:35 PM

              except that its hygienic condition is iffy enough to warrant an ammonia bath. otherwise it would not be fit for human consumption.

            2. re: Just Visiting
              hawkeyeui93 RE: Just Visiting Apr 11, 2012 06:05 PM

              The difference is that we are knowingly buying additives in the other meats you cited, while the beef industry kept its use of finely textured lean beef under wraps ....

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