By Susan O’Halloran, MPH
Really? I thought buying the 90/10 at Stop & Shop was an OK choice for my family. Of course I know buying at the organic butcher or Fresh Market is ideal but there is an added cost and an added trip to another store. Most days, I just don’t have the time.
Until I learned about “pink slime”. Pink slime is a meat filler that takes the most contaminated bits of cow, boils it down, spritzes with ammonia and packages with a label “Finely Textured Lean Beef”. If anything, that label makes me lean toward thinking I’m buying something healthy rather than the nastiness of pink slimed meat. It’s misleading and this pink slime-filled meat is found in 70% of the ground beef sold in many supermarkets.
ABC News emailed the top 10 grocery chains in America. Only Publix, Costco, HEB and Whole Foods responded, saying they don’t use pink slime. No word yet from the rest.
A viewer, Miles Herbert, wanted to know, “Is there any evidence that organic meat contains this pink slim?” It turns out there isn’t, according to ABC. If your meat is stamped USDA Organic, it’s pure meat with no filler. Phew.
Critics caution that the USDA doesn’t require meat packers to label meats containing pink slime so consumers beware!
What Should You Do?
Here’s what clinical nutritionist Geri Zatcoff has to say: Find a butcher in your neighborhood and make friends. Find out how and where the meat is raised. Be willing to eat a bit less so you can pay a bit more. You’ll be helping your health, helping a farmer, helping a butcher and helping the food supply.
Written by: Susan O’Halloran, MPH. Susan is Founder and President of Here’s to Life Now! a healthy living company that works with companies and individuals to build sustainable health habits that cut health care costs and improve quality of life. In addition, Here’s to Life Now! has an online network of traditional and complementary health care practitioners that provide expert advice and services locally and nationally.Tagged: beef , food additives , healthy food , meat , meat-fillers , nutrition , USDA