Where Do You Stand on the "Pink Slime" Issue?
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The meat industry calls it "lean, finely textured beef." The public calls it "pink slime." Whatever it is, this beef-based food additive composed of ground beef scraps and connective tissue treated with ammonia has made headlines, which led to supermarkets yanking it from their shelves and caused one of its producers to go out of business.
On Monday, Chow Bella reported that chef Dan Moody, who held a pop-up dinner at Posh and visits the Valley frequently, defended the merits of pink slime (in the broader context of feeding oneself) on his blog. He even had a bit of a spat about it with celebu-chef Tom Colicchio on Twitter this week.
So where do Valley chefs and restaurateurs stand on the subject? Here's what some of them had to say.
Being a Canadian-born cook where any meat additives and the importation of such is banned along with the use of ammonia in food products, I'm not for it -- and I can't see anyone else making a strong argument for it, as well, apart from the producers. It's basically the baking soda (used to cut another widely consumed product) of the meat industry. The scary/saddest part is that this practice has not only occurred with supermarket-grade meat, but with some of the "highest quality" producers in the country, who in turn sell it to some of the most respected restaurants in the nation. If the practice is banned outright, finding a trustworthy source for ground meat products will be harder to find.
Certainly not anything I want coming out of my kitchen, but not a threat to the continuing existence of humanity. We are made to burn a variety of fuels.
This is the tip of the iceberg for what consumers should know about the food they eat and how it's processed. It's a global problem, and with each bite we have a choice. The fact that this piece of information went viral and consumers demanded clean food just proves how powerful our dollars and decisions are. We have a long way to go, but I for one was happy to see this practice leaked and for consumers to avidly reject it.
Pink slime, as in any other "overly processed" food, is not my idea of food. In a world where so much effort is put into growing healthy food, pink slime does not reach the scale of edible. Eat the fat or throw it in the trash.
People need to take personal responsibility to inform themselves on what they eat, drink, etc., instead of relying on media headlines to influence it one way or another.