After seeing this report, I will never eat another hamburger or anything made from ground beef….EVER! And to think that we used to trust our government and its regulatory branches. It used to be when products were labeled with the USDA or FDA stamps of approval, you felt reasonably sure the product was made from quality goods and not harmful to you or your family. I am not sure if we were just being naive or that was once actually the truth but if there is one thing we have come to realize. Those seals of approval are pointless and not worth the paper they are printed on. It is God awful and incredibly sad but unfortunately becoming increasingly true.
There was a time when a man’s word and a hand shake was all that was needed to insure one’s thrust worthiness or creditability. A person’s word was his most creditable asset. Today, unfortunately this just isn’t the case. Over and over we have watched as Big Business, Corporations and yes even our own government is among the least trust worthy. When it comes to matters of unadulterated food water and clean air…you are on your own! Advertising and marketing strategies make big bucks for the eye catching and mesmerizing slogans on packaging such as “Guaranteed, The Taste you can Trust, Quality you can Trust, 100% Natural, Expertly Milled, The Very Best, and now Fresh Ground Beef or Lean Finely Textured Beef” are just marketing “fluff” and apparently actually guarantee nothing at all!
U.S. defends treated meat dubbed “pink slime” in school meals
By Ian Simpson
The Department of Agriculture is defending the use of ammonium-treated beef, dubbed “pink slime” by detractors, in meals destined for schoolchildren as part of the national school lunch program.
The Internet news source The Daily reported this week that 7 million pounds (3.2 million kg) of the product — beef trimmings treated partly with ammonium hydroxide to fight contamination — would appear in school lunches this spring.
“All USDA ground beef purchases must meet the highest standards for food safety,” the agency said in a statement.
“USDA has strengthened ground beef food safety standards in recent years and only allows products into commerce that we have confidence are safe.”
Fast-food chain McDonald’s stopped putting the USDA-approved ammonium-treated meat into its hamburgers in August after a number of food activists, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, drew attention to the additive.
The USDA, schools and school districts plan to buy the treated meat, categorized as “lean fine textured beef,” from South Dakota’s Beef Products Inc for the national school lunch program.
The BPI product makes up about 6.5 percent of the 112 million pounds (51 million kg) of ground beef that has been contracted for the National School Lunch Program, the USDA said.
The department oversees the program, which buys about 20 percent of products served in U.S. schools. The rest is bought directly by schools or school districts.
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