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Forum Post: So, what exactly makes pink slime harmful?

Posted 2 years ago on April 10, 2012, 9:36 p.m. EST by JuanFenito (847)
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We know the name is merely a scare tactic, it is not really any slimier than regular beef, although the texture is finer. Has anyone here studied the process used on it? It's not particularly gross, they put it in a centrifuge.

The only potentially objectionable thing about the process is the ammonium hydroxide solution used on the meat, but I can't find any data indicating that it is even a mildly dangerous chemical, unless it is concentrated. It occurs constantly in nature, and people are exposed to it all the time. What am I missing?

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[-] 3 points by cJessgo (729) from Port Jervis, PA 2 years ago

It is Spam not in the can.

[-] -2 points by JuanFenito (847) 2 years ago

Citation? Didn't think so. More conspiracy theories.

[-] 2 points by timirninja (263) 2 years ago

Vegans inclined to believe that beef is harmful by itself. Ammonium hydroxide is coloring material. Why is it important for you now? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh30EIkgE4o&feature=player_embedded

[-] 2 points by shooz (17997) 2 years ago

It's mostly the gristle, tendons , and fat, that gets scraped off the vats they make real hamburger in.

They spray it with the ammonia and color it pink, so it doesn't look quite so nasty.

Then they package it up and sell it to you as hamburger.

Who need labels, eh?

[-] 1 points by JuanFenito (847) 2 years ago

Where do you get your information?

Do you have any background in a remotely scientific level of study?

The fat is removed by the centrifuge, under heat, and is sold off as tallow/lard. The result is up to 97% lean, as it is a very efficient process.

"Real" hamburger is not "made in vats", it is ground. These are the trimmings from the carcasses, and are mostly fat before the centrifugal processing.

Have you ever butchered or processed any meat? I have, a great deal of wild and domestic game, and if there is any tendon or gristle in ground beef you notice it. And they don't "package it up" by itself, it is mixed with other beef at concentrations of around 15%.

The ammonia is not to make it look better, although I think it does reduce oxidation, it is used to reduce the bacteria count.

Now, this is in no way a defense of the meat industry, like I said if anyone can provide any evidence that ammonium hydroxide is present in the consumer end of the chain, or altered the composition of the meat in some harmful way, or is in itself someway harmful, I am all ears and ready to support a ban on the use of the substance if necessary.

But I do not subscribe to conspiracy theories and random non-scientific rumors about the meat industry. Who do you think I am, a Glenn Beck listener?

And I am also not ready to demand labeling for every single fact about a product, unless it is potentially harmful. Should food labeling say the food was packaged on a form, fill, and seal machine? Should it say the packaging was produced from clarified polypropylene homopolymer blown-film feedstock? Unless it is harmful, there is no reason for it. If you don't like the way something is made, grow it yourself like I do.

[-] 2 points by shooz (17997) 2 years ago

You should just go find yourself some tasty slime burgers then.

I buy all my meat from a trusted butcher.

[-] -1 points by JuanFenito (847) 2 years ago

So do I, I get it from myself. What made you think I wanted to eat any of it? I was countering your emotional and unscientific reactionism.

[-] 1 points by MikeInOhio (13) 2 years ago

Juan,

These OWS whackos don't want to be bothered by the facts; they just want to complain about something. You see, the vast majority of them are unsuccessful in life and want to blame others for their own inadequacies.

Long live Pink Slime!

[-] 2 points by nobnot (529) from Kapaa, HI 2 years ago

The name

[-] -1 points by JanitorInaDrum (134) 2 years ago

See my morning post about Pepsi Next!

shooz, the chief scientologist of the dnc AND amateur juvenile proctologist! Degrees bought through the cooperative program of the UAW and Predators Anonymous.

You'd think anyone half as smart as it thinks it is, would damned well be in charge of the galaxy!