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Pink Slime in supermarket ground beef?

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ABC news reports that the dreaded pink slime may be in your supermarket ground beef.

“Pink slime,” a cheap meat filler, is in 70 percent of the ground beef sold at supermarkets and up to 25 percent of each American hamburger patty, by some estimates.

“It kind of looks like play dough,” said Kit Foshee, who was a corporate quality assurance manager at Beef Products Inc., the company that makes pink slime. “It’s pink and frozen, it’s not what the typical person would consider meat.”

As seen in the movie Food Inc., the low-grade trimmings come from the most contaminated parts of the cow and were once only used in dog food and cooking oil. But because of BPI’s treatment of the trimmings — simmering them in low heat, separating fat and tissue using a centrifuge and spraying them with ammonia gas to kill germs — the United States Department of Agriculture says it’s safe to eat.

In case you haven't heard, the fast-food chains were busted for using this crap in the McBurgers. (I haven't had a fast-food burger in a long time, and I stopped consuming McDonald's products 20 years ago...)

All I can say is, I'm glad I grind my own beef using a Kitchenaid grinder attachment. You ought to do the same, it's not much work to grind up five pounds of fresh chuck roast and freeze it in one-pound chubs. It's much better tasting than the supermarket stuff, and now I know why!

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I'm Mike. I'm LowCarbForLife's (Teri's) hubby. I manage the LowCarbCompatible™ web site, among many other things. I don't follow a strict diet but I do follow LowCarbForLife's way of eating most of the time, since we eat together (and I cook most of the time).

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