What is pink slime?

Eliza Barclay - "Why 'Pink Slime' Isn't That Different From Other Meat Products"It is a mixture of ground beef and other beef-based food additives.

“…is cheap meat filler made from beef scraps, really is made from beef and therefore doesn’t need to be listed as a separate ingredient.” –Washington Post

“She [Jill Riley, senior VP at the American Meat Institute] explained that the product, primarily used in ground beef, is inspected and regulated by the USDA daily.” –Fox News

“That lean finely textured beef gets blended into other ground beef, so where one hamburger patty contains the product, another might not. Any given final beef product sent to schools is composed of no more than 15 percent lean finely textured beef, he said.” –Huffington Post

Why is this important?

Well, it has been recently brought to the attention that Americans are consuming “pink slime” in their average beef consumptions. Concerns were specifically raised when it was speculated that this “pink slime” was fed to the children during lunchtime. Washington Post reports that “… it was difficult for schools to know whether the beef they bought had it or not.”

“While the U.S. Agriculture Department says the filler is safe to eat, this has not stopped a campaign by food activists…” –Reuters

It seems like there is a disagreement of “pink slime”  between the consumers and the United States Department of Agriculture.

“The politicians who plan to tour the plant — including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels — all agree with the industry view that pink slime has been unfairly maligned and mislabeled.” –Associated Press, by Josh Funk via Yahoo News.

However, as media and news broadcaster overexert actual reports, there could be an over-exaggeration of the topic. There are pictures (infographs) on various websites, TV cooking shows (TLC), and other mass media portraying “pink slime” as garbage and highly dangerous. However, the USDA released a press report stating that they will review and add additional choices for beef productions in the upcoming school year. Also, “USDA continues to affirm the safety of Lean Finely Textured Beef product for all consumers and urges customers to consult science based information on the safety and quality of this product. Lean Finely Textured Beef is a meat product derived from a process which separates fatty pieces from beef trimmings to reduce the overall fat content.” – USDA