Who sells, or serves, Pink Slime in Kansas?

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?

Tagged: kansas suppliers, pink slime, hamburgers, school districts


Megan Green Stuke 6 years, 2 months ago

While I think it is of utmost importance for all of us, parents or otherwise, to know what we and our children are eating, and for the schools to serve healthy meals, the pink slime phenom is out of control.

If you have a problem with ground beef (which I do) it's moot, but if you are okay with ground beef, than you should be okay with pink slime. It is NOT a dangerous food product any more than ground beef itself is.

It does look gross in those highly charged photos that circulate the internet, but people, for the love of all that is food, please do not believe everything you read.

Here are the facts:


fanaddict 6 years, 2 months ago

I received an email from the food director of USD 497 that said none of the distributors they buy from carry pink slime.

Shane Garrett 6 years, 2 months ago

Pink slime may not be the choicest part of the animal, it is still just animal product. Look up L-cysteine, a substance used in bread products, made from dissolved duck feathers or human hair. How about red dye #40. Jell-O? You will find gelatin in gummy bears, jam, yogurt, cream cheese, marshmallows and other food stuff. So don't worry and eat up. Remember that hot dogs cause butt cancer and bacon heart attacks.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 2 months ago

Isn't it just awfully strange that you just mentioned two foods that are forbidden to eat, that is, not kosher, for Jewish people for the last 2,700 to 3,000 years?

And Muslims also follow similar dietary laws, ever since the Koran was written about 1,300 years ago.

Shane Garrett 6 years, 2 months ago

maybe there is something to that cloven hoof theory of those dietary laws.

sickofdummies 6 years, 2 months ago

Actually, it is different, and is not just 'animal product.' The real issue is the process by which it is 'made safe for human consumption.' An ammonia wash process is used, leaving ammonia residue in the BLBT, and thus in the ground beef. Would you drink ammonia, or use it in your cooking? So, we start with a part of the cow that we should not be eating, and then add a toxic substance to it. And dont be fooled by usd497. They do not use organic beef, and that is the only way to avoid 'pink slime.'

BTW...I cant believe that of all places, people in Lawrence, Kansas are not more opposed to the use of this product in our food.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 2 months ago

"Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise." - Thomas Gray, English Poet (1716 - 1771)

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 2 months ago

There is no problem at all with Nathan's or Hebrew National hot dogs, they are both kosher products. That is, they are not made with any pork or any part of the animal such as is described in this article.

They are not greasy at all and taste like beef, which to be expected since that is exactly what they are made of.

But, they are a great deal more expensive than hot dogs that are made of some parts of pigs that I would rather not list all ground up together.

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 2 months ago

Aside from the ammonia wash, which is not what I would prefer the kids eat, there are several other important aspects.

  1. There is no label with pink slime indicated. It is not a requirement to add this to the label in this or in any other state. You could have pink slime added, and no one would know.

So the buyer doesn't know whether he is getting pink slime or not. It was stated in the Beef Institute's response that they would prefer it not to be on the label, because then people would become concerned. And well they should be!

  1. I agree with Ron on Nathan's or Hebrew National hot dogs.But what about the poorer person, who chooses what they can get for the money they have?

What about the university and its contractors which supply the food? They should be on the edge of things - there should be no problem labeling all their food.

It especially falls on those people, who can't afford to go to the Merc (I assume they don't have pink slime in their products-but we should make sure from their Manager) or Whole Foods in Kansas City-who has taken responsibility and indicated from Austin (the store's headquarters) that it's not in their products?

Each store manager in Lawrence and the surrounding area should come out and say whether or not they have pink slime in their products-and the university-and label them as such. Most store managers dpn't even know.

They should all come out and say so on this web site. Hy-Vee, Krogers are good examples. These retailers serve thousands of customers. Convenience stores are important, too. They can have it, but it needs to be labelled and publicly stated: which beef products do and don't have this added.

And the schools are in a similar situation. Fanaddict made an important start by receiving an email from the food director at USD 497. But we should know for sure from the contractors they buy their food from. It should be stated in writing so that we know for sure.

Then, if we later find this product has cancerous aspects, for example, we will know who to go back to, who sold it to us. If there is no label, no certification, there will be nowhere to go.

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 2 months ago

It just happened (Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7 pm) that Safeway announced they would stop selling Pink Slime:


and it was also announced this afternoon that other chains as well would stop carrying or selling Pink Slime:


Now, what about stores in Kansas, such as Hy-Vee, Checkers, Dillons, Target, and convenience stores, such as Kwik-Shop? Does the Merc carry any Pink Slime products?

Megan Green Stuke 6 years, 2 months ago

ammonia wash is not quite accurate. Also, many use citric acid to do the same job - not ammonia gas. FYI.

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