Recently there was a blowup in the media about so-called “pink slime” in hamburger. I want to attempt to address several issues from what “pink slime” is and isn’t, to our meat products ,to my own humble opinions. So,here goes…….
“Pink slime” is also known as “Finely texturized beef”. It is using the trimming and leavings after grinding. They are taken and combined/centrifuged/whipped and separted from fat and then added back into the meat. Because this is further processing and a by-product, not an additive, it does not, by law, have to be on the label. It is still meat, just like bologna, hot dogs, or hog jowls are still meat. I am not a fan of fat of any kind, as my son can tell you at the dinner table, so I do understand there is a certain ick factor, but this isn’t a different substance being added in. It is treated with ammonium hydroxide gas, which is not molecularly the same as ammonia that you use on your floors, and has been approved by the FDA for use on many foods from cheese to chocolate and then some. So….where does that leave us? In my humble opinion, that leaves you with an issue of consumer choice, and perhaps labeling preferences, but not necessarily a health issue.
Now, as far as our meat is concerned, this by-product is not, let me repeat not, used. We eat and enjoy our meat and find its taste and texture to be far superior to supermarket beef. We are not organic certified because of cost and time involved, but it would be easy for us to be. I find shopping organic to be more of a peace of mind/consumer choice issue than necessarily a obvious health benefit. If you feel differently, I’d be happy to talk.
Wether you have concerns about health and safety or not, America’s food supply is still one of, if not the safest in the world. At the end of the day, I am so thankful to God that I live in a country where we can be concerned, argue,and discuss potential health issues and food processing practices. I am thankful we live under a government that we can participate in and bring these kind of discussions up. After all, many people in this world don’t care what’s in it or on it …..just that they have something to eat!