Well here’s a little dash of hope for the future: ABC reported this morning the U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce today that, starting this fall, U.S. public schools will be allowed to opt out of serving pink slime-filled beef in cafeterias.
If you don’t watch Jamie Oliver or keep up with horrific food manufacturing practices, here’s a quick definition of the now infamous substance: “pink slime” is a ground beef filler which consists of the scraps of cow meat most likely to be contaminated, namely the parts around the hide often exposed to poop. These parts used to be considered unsafe for human consumption, and formerly sold to dog food manufacturers. Now, a company called Beef Products Inc. simmers it down, cleans it with ammonia, and sells it as ground beef. In fact, it’s in about 70% of the ground beef you find in super markets, as well as the beef they serve at schools. It’s slimy and gelatinous and reportedly looks quite a lot like play-dough.
If you haven’t already vomited all over your screen, you’ll be pleased to know that more and more buyers are opting out of this filthy product. McDonald’s announced earlier this year that they’re done with the stuff. Public schools can now opt out, too. The change came about just one week after ABC’s report on where to find beef without “pink slime,” in which they interviewed Kit Foshee, the ex-corporate quality assurance manager at Beef Products Inc.
Reports Yahoo, “Foshee said that he was fired by BPI after complaining about the process used to make the filler, and the company’s claims about it. Since then, he has spoken out against the product.”
Good work, anti-pink slime fighters. Hopefully, something will be done about chicken nuggets next.