High Pay Beef Industry Job For Official Who Approved Ammonia Treated “Pink Slime”


The official who approved the use of an ammonia treated sludge, found in 70% of supermarket ground beef and 7 million pounds of beef headed for school cafeterias, went onto take a high paying industry job.

An ABC News report reveals that the Under Secretary of Agriculture, Joann Smith, who approved the use of ammonia treated sludge in ground beef products as a substitute to counter skyrocketing costs of beef later received a high paying job in the beef industry.

To add insult to injury, the latest reports also reveal that over 7 million pounds of the sludge is headed to school cafeterias nationwide following the voluntary discontinuance of the product by many companies in the nationwide.

Watch: U.S. Official That Approved “Pink Slime” Later Received High Paying Job In Beef Industry

For background, The Huffington Post reports on the Pink Slime scandal.

Pink Slime Found In 70% Of Supermarket Ground Beef In ABC Investigation
The price of beef has risen dramatically in recent months and years. That’s led many consumers to shift away from steaks and towards cheaper hamburgers and meatloaves when they’ve had a hankering for cow. But record highs mean that even ground beef is getting pricier. What’s a supermarket, looking to keep the price of ground beef competitive, to do? Use the cheapest possible kind of ground beef: the much-reviled “pink slime.”

According to a recent “ABC World News” report from Jim Avila, 70% of ground beef sold in supermarkets contains the ammonia-treated sludge, which is the the product of a method for salvaging meat scraps from otherwise unusable parts of a carcass.

Avila was tipped off to the startling figure by a whistleblower at the USDA — who says he has quit his job out of disgust with the product.

The level of usage is consistent with a 2009 report on pink slime by the New York Times. The paper wrote that “a majority” of ground beef in America contained the substance, which is manufactured by a company called Beef Products, Inc.

Since then, fast food companies have discontinued their use of the product en masse. Pink slime is still in the mix of the ground beef used in school lunches, however.

If you want to avoid pink slime altogether, then, and don’t want to eat at McDonald’s, you may have to buy your own meat grinder. Or stop eating hamburgers.

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Watch video reports on the original Huffington Post article

Off The Grid reports on the ammonia treated sludge heading to school cafeterias.

7 Million Pounds of “Pink Slime” Beef Headed for School Cafeterias

The so called ‘pink slime’ beef that made headlines in charges against Taco Bell is turning up everywhere, from restaurants to home dinner tables. Leading fast-food chains have promised to stop using the chemically treated meat though evidence points to the contrary

At least 70 per cent of supermarket hamburger contains the substance. And now, the federal government plans to buy 7 million pounds of the meat to serve in U.S. schools.

Pink slime, otherwise known in the meat industry as ‘lean beef trimmings’, consists of the remnants of a cow carcass once all the muscular cuts of meat have been removed. Because the meat comes from areas of the body more likely to be infected, it is sprayed with ammonium hydroxide to kill microbes which cause food poisoning.

In a segment of his ABC television show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Oliver said, “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.”

A 2009 New York Times story raised questions about the safety of the ammonium hydroxide product, citing government and industry records of E. coli and salmonella contamination of meat sold for school lunches

Major restaurant chains such as Burger King, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell have agreed they will no longer put pink slime in their burgers and mince. But according to Gerald Zirnstein, a former scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture, two thirds of ground beef sold in supermarkets still contain at least some pink slime. He described the practice as “economic fraud”, telling ABC News; “It’s not fresh ground beef… it’s a cheap substitute being added in.”

The USDA does not require labeling for the presence of pink slime because it is not considered a separate ingredient, but rather a process. The decision by the USDA to define trimmings as exactly the same substance as muscle meat came against the advice of its own department scientists and was made by an official who went on to work in the beef industry.

According to the London Daily, the USDA—which is responsible for school lunches—has agreed to buy 7million pounds of pink slime from food giant Beef Products Inc. over the next few months.

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Source: Off The Grid

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