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Apr 26, 2012 09:55 AM

Pink Slime

The following article offers an interesting discussion of the pink slime controversy.
the author neglects to mention the "ick" factor which seems to be another non-intelligent but active factor in the reaction to this product.

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  1. I totally agree that it's condescending to suggest that this is not a viable option for maximizing usable protein from animals. I agree that it should be labeled so people can choose to avoid it, but I'm all for providing a cheaper protein option.

    1. I thought this subject was discussed to death recently. Miller does make one glaring error in this article, however. Food activists are by no means "the loadest quacks." Not by a long shot.

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      1. re: GH1618

        I agree, there are a lot of competitors for this title. but there is certainly a lot of misinfo spread about food

      2. I'd be happy to buy some pink slime if it was cheap enough.

          1. re: Sooeygun

            The lawsuit is essentially the BPI company, blaming the messenger, ABC News, about something the public was already discussing.

            BPI got caught in a situation of their own making and advertising by the public, and are now going after the deeper pockets of ABC, as they can't target the individual consumer.

            Note the company statement:- " that it's an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat,” I could not agree more with that statement.

            BPI did everything they could to actively and continually conceal the manufacturing process they patented, the meat products and scraps they used, and the chemicals added to sanitize the blended final product.

            Times are tough economically, and the consumer is making every penny count. That includes making the right choice or not, on fruit, vegetables, milk, and ground beef products.

            According to BPI you should put your health and trust in them beacause they say so, and not the news, media, health department, or discussion groups like this one. I think not.

            1. re: SWISSAIRE

              I totally agree, it's a bunch of BS. BPI was never up front about what they were doing. The news just sensationalized it (to be sure). "Gripping headlines"..blah, blah. That is what corporate news does. Makes people pay critical issues like "what is really in your hamburger". The public decides if it takes action on the information or not. THIS time, the public spoke. The public was pissed that they were not told the truth about what they were buying.

              BPI is not happy.

              Too bad.

              BPI deserves to be out of business.

              1. re: sedimental

                If they weren't told the "truth" blame the retailers. BPI did not sell to end users, they sold to other companies. If anyone had a duty to disclose it was those companies, not BPI.

                1. re: ferret

                  Good point. It's like criticizing the company that produces the ammonia for not telling the truth.

                  1. re: ferret

                    I totally agree that the retailers are to blame as well. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that advertising that this "product" (that arrives at the store in a frozen brick) is measured and mixed with regular ground meat, labeling how much is in there and having the price reflect its presence or not...well that might be problematic for everyone but the no one mentioned it.

                    That doesn't let BPI off the hook. They worked hard at deception and concealment as has been reported over and over again.

                2. re: SWISSAIRE

                  Well summarized, Swissaire. And spot-on.

                3. re: Sooeygun

                  I won't prejudge this. The allegation is defamation. It is possible for a news organization to commit defamation, but there is a difficult standard to overcome because of the rights of a free press.

                4. What I don't understand is, there is all this furror about the pink slime in beef, but chicken nugget slime ok. Personally, I think both are reprehensible and did/do and would not purchase either.

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                  1. re: Vidute

                    Don't worry,the use at every corner of meat glue in cold cut and related convenience packaged foods will get it's bad day in public.

                    1. re: lcool

                      Ah, yes. Meat Glue. Faux tenderloin. I've noticed that menus are now using the single word "filet" instead of filet mignon or tenderloin of beef leading the customer to believe that he is getting more expensive cut.

                    2. re: Vidute

                      Yeah, apparently hot dogs are OK with people too.

                      1. re: tommy

                        Switched to organic a while ago. Also, I purchase most of my meat from a nearby farmer who raises all of his stock on pasture. It's a good day when he has hotdogs available.