By: Martin Shaw
Graduate Assistant, Texas Tech University, Studying Agriculture Education
As a student in agriculture, I have taken many meat science classes and have gotten to experience Lean Finely Texture Beef Trimmings, most recently referred to as “pink slime.” Pink slime is deemed safe for human consumption; it is leaner due to the separation of the lean portion from fat. Also, because this type of trim is of no value, the use of a low temperature centrifuge along with added ammonia only adds value and safety to such product. I have seen this product used in several facilities and it is not any different than the original Ground Beef commonly used in the meat industry, more so in fast food restaurants such as Burger King, McDonald’s, and so on. It is something we have had before and not complained about it previously. It has been given the publicity and negative connotation of “pink slime” by a food critic, Jamie Oliver, who is not a food scientist and openly admits it if you were to watch his show.
When looking at this product compared to its contemporaries, this product is very safe and when prepared properly and cooked thoroughly.
I find it ridiculous that this one person who lacks knowledge, but is full of opinion, has never subjected himself to this “pink slime” and yet so quick to cause an uproar; that in turn, has cost 600 people to lose their jobs at three facilities across the country. This is a major problem due to our current economic situation. This product allows the beef industry to produce ground beef and hamburger meat that is consistent in terms of percent lean but inexpensive as well.
So, I cannot help but ask, why would we stop something that is safe, inexpensive, and still 100% Beef? Please become educated and learn the facts, and do not allow yourself to become scared on issues/topics heard due to biased opinion. Not only has this matter caused Beef Product Inc. (BPI) to close down the majority of their plants, but has also affected many people and their families. Please understand and help support agriculture.
This industry would not produce a product that would cause sickness to its consumers. We should have a little more faith in our food supply.
For further information, please check out this site: BeefisBeef.com and become educated.