Who sells, or serves, Pink Slime in Kansas?
- on March 20, 2012
Who Serves or Sells Pink Slime in Lawrence?
Some parents may not have heard about Pink Slime yet, as well as people who try to eat conscientiously. But it's becoming a big thing, and it's not going to go away.
Pink Slime is BLBT (Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings"). The ingredient is made from parts of the cow that are most susceptible to contamination - often close to the hide, which is highly exposed to fecal matter. But - because the 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 is safe to eat.
It is not on the menu or label of packaged goods in the stores, and it is very much like gelatin. One person described it as looking kind of like "Play Dough," said Kit Foshee, who was a corporate manager at Beef Products, Inc. Before BPI (Beef Products Incorporated) found a way to use it by disinfecting the trimmings with ammonia, it was sold only to dog food or cooking oil manufacturers.
Now, however, as parents and teachers become more aware of what is going on, schools throughout the country are changing their menus. The Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that school districts will soon be able opt out of "pink slime" if enough parents are concerned about it and act.
The Daily, the iPad newspaper from New Corp., published a story which details which stores do not sell meat with pink slim, as well as some that do, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on its main web page today.
What I wonder is, how many stores in Lawrence, and in Kansas, sell "pink slime" meat?
How many schools use this meat?
All of us, parents or not, need this information now. Labels should include information that "pink slime" is added to the packaged product.
You have to ask yourself: do you want your kids, or your family, eating this filling in hamburgers?
Is Pink Slime included in the meals given to Kansan school children?
Which retail store chains sell pink slime?