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The US government has redefined “pink slime” as ground beef

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  1. Rocket_Man
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    I'm surprised this is getting attention since it's safe to eat. Nobody has mentioned it impacting the taste or texture of the food. It just seems like a news story unnecessarily focusing on an...

    I'm surprised this is getting attention since it's safe to eat. Nobody has mentioned it impacting the taste or texture of the food. It just seems like a news story unnecessarily focusing on an industrial process to create hysteria. This quote however is probably the crux of the problem.

    Lean finely textured beef (LFTB) has been a “qualified component” of hamburger, meaning it can be included in ground beef without being independently disclosed. But it could not itself be called ground beef, suggesting that, in the eyes of regulators it was something else—a padding or additive, but not the real deal.

    It exists in an ambiguous area between ground beef and something else. Again, it would be useful to know what impacts it has on flavor or texture. I'd suggest a good compromise would be to label it when it's used. But I think people are stupid and would avoid it due to ignorance and misinformation. So I suppose just let the news cycle hype up "pink slime" until it gets forgotten about in a week.

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    cptcobalt
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    So, this just leads me to ask: what ground beef is safe? How does a shopper stay in the know about this? I generally only buy premium beef at "trendy" stores, so I assume that I will get beef that...

    So, this just leads me to ask: what ground beef is safe? How does a shopper stay in the know about this?

    I generally only buy premium beef at "trendy" stores, so I assume that I will get beef that has not processed in this manner, but I also have the sinking feeling that this is just a false sense of security.

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    1. hungariantoast
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      If you want to use ground beef for anything, you'll get a much better end result if you grind your beef yourself, but I honestly don't see the problem with adding "pink slime" to the ground beef...

      If you want to use ground beef for anything, you'll get a much better end result if you grind your beef yourself, but I honestly don't see the problem with adding "pink slime" to the ground beef sold at supermarkets and I'd argue it helps keep the price down. (Though let's be real, consumers are probably getting fucked on beef prices regardless.)

      Seriously though, ground beef that's been packed at a store will always be of inferior quality to freshly ground beef at home.

      5 votes
  3. thejumpingbulldog
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    Mmmmmm. Love me some pink slime. Always dreaming of the magic it does to my arteries.

    Mmmmmm. Love me some pink slime. Always dreaming of the magic it does to my arteries.

    3 votes