I wrote about “Pink Slime” and the fact that it is used in school lunches a few weeks back in my They Serve WHAT in School Lunches article, and I know that many of you were just as disgusted by this information. Unfortunately, according to this ABC report, 70% off all supermarket ground beefs contains pink slime, or “finely textured lean beef”.
What is Pink Slime?
Connective tissue and beef scraps that are normally used in dog food and rendering is treated with ammonia to kill germs. The pink, gel-type product that is created is pink slime. Check out this video for more information on it:
What Grocery Stores Allow Pink Slime Ground Beef?
The good news is that some stores like Costco, Whole Foods, H-E-B, Ingles and Publix have stated that they do not allow LFTB (pink slime) in their ground beef.
Update 3/20/12 –
- Safeway and Albertson’s LLC has announced that they will no longer allow LTTB, aka pink slime. Albertson’s LLC operates in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.
- Thanks to reader Melody to letting us know that Marsh in IN and OH does not contain it either.
Update 3/22/12 –
- Kroger (Fry’s) announced it will no longer purchase ground beef with pink slime!
- Thanks to reader Valerie for letting us know that United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos in TX does not have beef with pink slime.
Unfortunately, several popular chains do use it, including Stop & Shop/Giant, Walmart and Zaycon Foods
If you do not see your grocery store here and want to know if they allow pink slime,or “Finely Textured Lean Beef” in their ground beef, ask to speak with a manager in charge of the meat department to inquire about the issue.
Unfortunately, meat packers do not need to label if pink slime is added to their product because it is considered “meat”, so unless we know the store policies, we have no way of knowing if the meat contains pink slime or not. My thoughts – if a store is not explicitly stating that they do NOT allow it, they probably do.
How To Keep Pink Slime Away From Your Family
One way to ensure that you are getting meat without ammonia is to buy meat labeled as USDA Organic since that is pure meat and contains no fillers.
You may also want to look for local rancher or meat market to buy your beef. They may be able to grind it, or you can grind it yourself with a meat grinder. You’ll be able to ask them directly about the beef they sell. Another option is to buy bison meat, which is actually higher in protein and lower in cholesterol. This can be a pricey option, however, if you are buying less meat in general and for the health benefits, it is worth it.
You can also check out Jamie Oliver’s new website StopPinkSlime to sign a petition and help spread the word about getting pink slime out of our ground beef.
Do your stores use pink slime in their beef? Will this change the way you shop?