2019-02-15 Infamous Pink Slime Now Simply Called Ground Beef

Back in 2012, ABC News did an exposé on what it called "pink slime." Now this product can simply be labeled "ground beef." This beef product is made by taking beef trimmings and mechanically separating the lean from the fat. The fat is usually rendered and sold as tallow. And the lean, known as Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) in the industry, or what ABC called "pink slime," is often added back to mixtures of ground beef to create specific lean-to-fat ratios such as "lean ground beef" (at least 92% lean) and "extra lean ground beef" (at least 96% lean). Before it is mixed with bulk ground beef, LFTB is sterilized with ammonia to kill pathogens and inspected to meet food safety requirements. However, calling this beef product "pink slime" caused a national uproar across the U.S. and cost beef processors billions of dollars in lost sales. After years of legal wrangling, the USDA has just ruled that this beef product can now be labeled "ground beef" and ABC News has since paid millions of dollars in restitution. Read all the details here.

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