Where Is All This Pink Slime Anyway?

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A number of articles have been published in the last few days as Safeway and Kroger have announced their intentions to stop selling ground beef products that contain lean finely textured beef. The ammonia treated additive has gotten significant attention after receiving the nickname "pink slime."

If you're not familiar with the stuff, a number of processing plants have been grinding up all the bits of cow left over after normal processing, treating it with chemicals to remove E. coli and other unsafe bacteria and then selling it back to other beef producers who fold it into their ground beef products.

As these grocery stores bow to the weight of concerned consumers, little is said about what products actually contain lean finely textured beef. Images in some of the news stories you see on television have been showing mounds of ground beef in butcher cases while talking about the pink slime exodus, but that's misleading.

I called Kroger and asked what products were being removed from their supply chain and was told the prepacked ground beef you find in the meat case (the representative called them a chub-pack) and Kroger brand frozen burgers both contained pink slime. I asked about other processed burgers in the frozen case and was told I'd have to contact each manufacture individually.

Ugh.

So I called Bubba Burger, the guys that sell frozen burger patties six to a box and asked them: Is there pink slime in your Bubba Burgers? They passed me off to a few different people before finally sending me a news release that has a lot of words and the answer which is no, there isn't pink slime in Bubba Burgers.

Sweet.

I'd call every frozen burger manufacturer in the country, but there are a lot of them and I'm hungry and want to go to lunch. Besides, there's an easy way to avoid pink slime if you want to: Ask the butcher at your grocery store if he ground the beef in question onsite. If he says yes, ask him if he put pink slime in mix. I'll bet you a buck (but only one of you) that he doesn't. If the butcher says he doesn't grind the meat onsite, walk out the door and don't shop there anymore.

Pink slime isn't something that's sitting around at grocery stores all over the country and sprinkled on foods like salt and pepper. It's an additive used by large processing plants that grind beef, seal it in plastic and ship it all over the country. The way to avoid pink slime, if you choose, is to talk to your butcher, buy freshly ground beef and process those burgers yourself with your very own meat beaters. Burgers made at home with freshly ground beef don't take that much work anyway, and they taste a lot better too.

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Gabriel
Gabriel

Has anybody else noticed that the picture above which is being used for beef pink slime appears to be the same picture used a few months back for showing how chicken nuggets are made?

Jimbo
Jimbo

This is an example of what happens when the dumb masses (don't read that too quickly) get a peek at something they don't understand.  Unless you want to do all the work yourself, or pay premium prices for what you already eat, whether it's dairy or otherwise, you will be consuming "slime" in some form.  

Is it attractive? No. Is it smart? Very. Is it safe? Nutritious?  Yep, and it keeps the prices down.  Just wait and see what happens to the price of beef when this latest witch hunt runs its course.  If you think that after all these grocery stores stop selling "slime" ground beef, that you will never get "slime" in your body again, you are just one of the dumb masses mentioned earlier. 

mybolognahasathirdname
mybolognahasathirdname

I just had me some pink slime. Gonna wash it down with a Four Loko and then enjoy a Marb Red. [disclaimer] I don't like myself much

Cboswellcit101
Cboswellcit101

its not going to kill you immediately.  everyone is acting like they just found out that there is nasty shit in some of the meat products we eat.  has no one read "the jungle" ?   still basically the same thing.  i dont find all the by products appetizing in detail but i will still eat whatever hotdog, hamburger, or sausage at a bbq.  really in the end it is better than wasting all that unwanted stuff after the sweets have been take from the butchered animal.  you think indians would complain?  basically, if you are okay with factory farming and love meat then stop complaining when they give you the less desirables after you hear all the latest complaining on the internet.  go vegetarian/vegan then you should be mad about it.  if you eating meat constantly then be content with what you help create.

Mervis
Mervis

I'll have a single scoop on a sugar cone please. Oh, that's not strawberry ice cream?

TLS
TLS

Thanks, Scott, for your investigation.  I think those "chub packs" are the ground beef that is tightly packed like big sausages in heavy plastic.  They have an expiration date of never.   I wonder if some of the small restaurants, not known for their burgers but still offering burgers, use those packs due to their longevity and cost effectiveness.  

primi timpano
primi timpano

A lot of the grocers will grind meat to order.  I remember once upon a time seeing brisket on sale at 1.99 at TThumb and they ground it for me.  Recently I tried it again and got some dissembling about cleaning the machine, so I would try elsewhere today.  Let's you mix and match a little, too.  If you prefer the chili grind, most will do that as well.

JSP
JSP

Or you could just buy your ground beef at Costco. The head of the company agreed to be interviewed by ABC when they were doing the multiday series on it and he basically said that no, they'd never used it, never would, and he couldn't imagine ever being able to sell such a product to their customers. Just another reason why I love that place. It's the anti-Sam's.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Can I get cheese with my slimeburger?

Olden Dude
Olden Dude

Is it just beef that gets the Slime? I eat turkey burgers and have wondered since this started if it was 'Just Beef Burgers' that got the Slime. Ground chicken, Turkey, Buffalo, etc.Makes you wonder.....

Amy S
Amy S

I'm sorry, but that just looks like somebody's pancreas had a very bad night.

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

I was just about to post the same. Wasn't this same controversy run for processed chicken just a year or two ago?

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 I always see taffy for some reason.

Mervis
Mervis

How about Bazooka.

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