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"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Lasting Gift From President George H.W. Bush

If you have bought ground hamburger meat from a grocery store in the last nineteen years, what you thought was ground beef contained a material known as "pink slime". Pink slime is this:
“Pink slime” is beef trimmings. Once only used in dog food and cooking oil, the trimmings are now sprayed with ammonia so they are safe to eat and added to most ground beef as a cheaper filler.
Pretty much what was once considered to be inedible offal is now in hamburger.

And even better, the Federal government is buying 3,500 tons of pink-slime burger meat to feed to school children. 3,500 tons is roughly equivalent to the full-load displacement of a FRAMed Gearing-class destroyer.

We can thank a political appointee of George H.W. Bush, Joann Smith, for adding pink slime to ground beef. She was a deputy undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture, which regulates slaughterhouses. Once she left her job of ensuring that beef-eating Americans were eating adulterated hamburger, she was rewarded with an allegedly no-show slot on the board of directors of Beef Products, Inc., which makes pink slime.


Nangleator said...

I think no more than a year standing on her tip toes in a vat of pink slime up to her nostrils would be adequate thanks.

Joe said...

I once picked out a roast at Safeway and got the butcher to grind it up for me. Then I made hamburgers with it and with a commercial tube of "ground beef".

The two tasted completely different.

Oldfool said...

That's why I searched for and found a local (10 miles) butcher that sells only local grass fed beef and pork that lives on the ground. No hormones or antibiotics guaranteed. Hamburger is ground while I watch.

It is more expensive however we just eat less which is a good thing as well.

I would rather have a little of this than a lot of ground shit.

Anonymous said...

Makes me glad I grind my own..and have for about 22 years.

OldRetiredDude said...

Just like Marion Blakey from the FAA, after awarding contracts for next-gen she retired and went to work for the companies she gave the contracts to. Bush filled all the regulatory agencies with political cronies and sabotaged their missions. Or they contracted out services to save money (which means profits for his buddies) I buy local when I run low on venison as well as grow my own veggies...This is a tragedy!

John Milton said...

Shouldn't the headline have read, "Obama Forces Young Children to Eat Pink Slime at Government Run Schools"?

Arthur Mervyn said...

Interesting. When I was growing up in the 1960s, well before the pink slime, my mother always used to pick out a good cut of beef and have the butcher grind it up into hamburger - she never purchased pre-ground beef.