There has been a lot of talk of this stuff called “Pink Slime” in the news. So what is it and is it safe and how can you avoid it?
Pink Slime by definition is meat trimmings. When meat goes to a processing plant for butchering, the prime cuts are trimmed and packaged. But what happens to all of the “extras”? They are saved and added to everything else not used. Doesn’t sound good does it?
In many ground beef packages, up until recently, could contain upwards of 25% of this Pink Slime. And as of now, the labeling is not required to list it as an ingredient.
Starting this fall the government will allow schools to “choose” if they purchase meat with Pink Slime or not. – So Call Your School District!
Which stores carry this goo of Pink Slime? Well it is ever changing and varies buy region.
Stores that NEVER sold Pink Slime:
CostCo, A&P, Whole Foods
Stores that will Stop selling meat with Pink Slime are:
Kroger brands, Stop & Shop, Safeway brands, SuperValu brands – including Albertsons, Food Lion, Winn-Dixie, Giant/Martins, select Martin stores, Bi-Lo will phase out by April 20th,
Stores that STILL sell Pink Slime tainted meat:
According to USA Today – Walmart and Sams Club will “begin selling meat that doesn’t contain the additive. It did not say it would stop selling beef with the filler altogether.” And added that they will allow customers to have “options”. All though they are not required to label the packaging.
So if you are ok with Pink Slime – ignore this post. If you want 100% pure beef and not Pink Slime additive – then choose your store wisely, and call your children’s school district