The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that school lunch programs can now drop the famous ‘pink slime‘ filler in cafeteria meals served to children. Treated with toxic ammonium hydroxide and fed to unknowing consumers in schools and restaurants alike, the pink slime has gained significant attention as action groups and health advocates across the globe have been calling attention to the presence of the hazardous filler. The news comes after fast food giant McDonald’s was forced to stop using the substance in their burgers amid public outcry.
Pink slime consists of what’s left over after all the muscular cuts of beef have been taken from a cow. In addition to the ammonia and other chemicals, experts say that the meat is not compromised of muscle, but fat trimmings and connective tissue that has been separated from the bone. In other words, scrap meat that really isn’t fit for human consumption. The ammonia comes in to kill off the bacterial contaminants that may be lurking on the meat, and afterwards it is minced. The result? A pink and slimy ‘meat’ substitute that provides virtually no nutritional value.
So why are children being fed this ‘meat garbage’? Celebrity chef James Oliver led the campaign against McDonald’s to stop using pink slime in their products, explaining exactly how the processed slime is virtually unfit for human ingestion:
“Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold at the cheapest form for dogs and after this process we can give it to humans,” said the TV chef.
We are increasingly seeing government organizations and food corporations alike take action in response to consumer outrage. With the possible ban of cancer-causing bisphenol A (BPA) put forth by the FDA and the exclusion of the substance from Campbell’s products, we are seeing a serious paradigm shift in the corporate food monopoly. With pink slime now being ousted as a health threat and subsequently removed, it’s time to continue the proverbial charge against all health threats far and wide. You do have a voice, and it is being heard — just keep shouting!