LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The company that makes “pink slime” is suspending operations at three of four plants where the low-cost beef filler is made amid a public outcry over concern about the ingredient. The ammonia-treated ingredient has been used for years but recently became a target of activists seeking to have it banned from supermarkets and school lunches.
For food safety advocates, the campaign to reject Pink Slime has been wildly successful. Gerald Zirnstein said even though he never intended to publicize this issue, he does hope the furor will bring about change.
When he coined the term “Pink Slime” to describe the unlabeled and unappetizing bits of cartilage and other chemically-treated scrap meat going into U.S. ground beef, Zirnstein was a microbiologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
He made the slime reference to a fellow scientist in an internal – and he thought private – email. But that email later became public, and with it came an explosion of outrage from consumer groups
“You look through the regulations and a lot of that stuff was never approved for hamburger. It was under the radar,” said the 54-year-old Zirnstein, who lives outside Washington, D.C. with his wife and 2-year-old son.
“It’s cheating. It’s economic fraud,” he said in a telephone interview.
Positive Changes happen when consumers and people no matter what race, color, religion, or any other “subgroup” come together. It does my heart good to hear these questionable practices come to the public’s attention. For so long this and many other topics have remained unreported and unknown to many.
How great to hear the public’s outcry! We demand better practices, choices and options. We demand INTEGRITY and ACOUNTABILITY!
With this, I’m happy to report the following…
BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press:
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The company that makes “pink slime” is suspending operations at three of four plants where the low-cost beef filler is made amid a public outcry over concern about the ingredient.
Beef Products Inc. spokesman Craig Letch on Monday told The Associated Press about the operations suspensions at plants in Texas, Kansas and Iowa ahead of a public announcement about the plan. The company’s plant at its Dakota Dunes, S.D., headquarters will continue operations.
The ammonia-treated ingredient known by the industry as “lean, finely textured beef” has been used for years but recently became a target of activists seeking to have it banned from supermarkets and school lunches.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to allow school districts to stop using it. Some retail chains have pulled products containing it.