Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pink Slime Back in Schools? It Never Actually Left...

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

It's only been 5 years since consumers slowly started hearing about a secret ingredient that has resided in some meat products for 20 years, now dubbed "pink slime." To hear the American Meat President talk of ammonium hydroxide gas treated "Lean Finely Textured Beef" you'd think this stuff was manna from heaven, sent to feed the world.

The literal bottom line here is - we don't want it - but many would have accepted it if food companies were transparent. It's not a company's job to decide "what's best" to feed the world or what's best for our wallets (more like their wallets) and nutritional value. They provide a food commodity for money and with the buyer's consent and trust. A sterilized chemical filler is not what consumers thought they were buying. The betrayal will never be forgotten.

After the PR nightmare of "pink slime," consumer wrath caused many fast food companies, restaurants, and grocers to drop it. Many pundits claimed the USDA was dropping the chum from school lunches.

Yeah, that actually never happened. Here's why...