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What You Need To Know About “Pink Slime”


Beef…it’s what’s for dinner. Or so we thought. ABC News has been investigating the use of a meat filler called Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings, BLBT or pink slime, in seventy percent of ground beef. Oh yeah, and this pink slime is disinfected with ammonia and was previously only sold to cooking oil and dog food suppliers. Um, gross.

J. Patrick Boyle, president of the American Meat Institute, is defending this nasty stuff saying it “is a sustainable product because it recovers lean meat that would otherwise be wasted.” You won’t find a label on packages of ground beef that says it contains pink slime though, so how will you know? You won’t. Janet Riley, senior VP of public affairs for AMI stated, “What are you asking me to put on the label, its beef, it’s on the label, it’s a beef product, it’s says beef so we are declaring … it’s beef.” I personally would like to know if there’s an ammonia lined filler in my beef!

Former employees of Beef Products Inc. are saying that pink slime doesn’t even resemble beef at all, claiming “It kind of looks like Play-Doh.” How is this stuff made, you ask? Well, since it comes from the part of the cow that’s most susceptible to contamination, they simmer it in low heat until the fat and tissue separates and then it’s sprayed with ammonia. Yummy, right?!

What stores don’t use pink slime in their beef? Costco, Publix, H-E-B, Whole Foods, Kroger, and Tops Markets. Safeway and Ahold on the other hand, trust what the government says is safe. Now, there are tons of other grocery stores, and ABC only asked the top ten in the country. So maybe you should ask your grocery store if they use pink slime in their beef or not, I know I definitely will.

What do you think about pink slime? Do you feel like it’s safe? Are you extremely grossed out like I am?

Caitlin is a senior at the University of Alabama who has an obsession with cupcakes, coffee, and Harry Potter. She always has random fun facts on reserve and aspires to be a professional blogger,social media bug, and/or James Franco’s assistant. Follow her fabulous life @caitlincorsetti. You’re welcome!