70% of all Ground Beef Contains "Pink Slime" ... and USDA Bought 7 Million Pounds of the Stuff for School Lunches

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By Washington’s Blog

ABC news notes:

“Pink slime,” a cheap meat filler, is in 70 percent of the ground beef sold at supermarkets and up to 25 percent of each American hamburger patty, by some estimates.

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The USDA just bought 7 million pounds of pink slime to add to school lunches (up from 5.5 million pounds in 2009).

Jamie Oliver gave a must-watch demonstration on the subject a year ago:

But at least we know where the real meat part of ground beef comes from ... right?

Nope ... the World Trade Organization struck down American laws requiring labeling of beef to disclose the country of origin:

But at least beef is being tested for horrible diseases like mad cow disease, right?

Negatory: the government does very little testing ... and prohibits private citizens such as ranchers or meat packers from testing it themselves.

What Should We Do?

So what's the answer?

You could cook a pot roast or other cut of meat and grind it yourself. That way, you'll be sure there's nothing but real meat.

Or you could buy grass-fed beef. Organic, grass-fed usually contains no pink slime.

And all grass-fed beef - organic or not - has a much lower risk for mad cow than other types of beef.


Because mad cow disease is most commonly caused by feeding animal products to cows. For example, Wikipedia notes:

A British inquiry into BSE [the scientific abbreviation for mad cow] concluded that the [disease] was caused by cattle, who are normally herbivores, being fed the remains of other cattle in the form of meat and bone meal (MBM), which caused the infectious agent to spread.

If they are fed grass - their natural food - they are much less likely to get sick.

Stores like Trader Joe's label grass fed, so it is easy to find.

Grass-fed beef contains more Omega 3s than beef from cows fed corn, meat or other “modern” feeds. See this and this.

Why is this important? Because eating Omega 3 rich foods can increase gray matter in adults and boost neurological development in children. Conversely, low dietary levels of Omega 3s in mothers can reduce their kids’ IQ. (This is not entirely surprising, given that (1) our brains are about 60% fat, and (2) leading nutritionists say that humans evolved to consume alot of Omega 3 fatty acids in the wild game and fish which they ate (more), and that a low Omega 3 diet is a very new trend within the last 100 years or so).

And if you think that asking for organic beef is a counterculture hippy thing, note that Ronald Reagan insisted on organic meat.

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FilbertH's picture

We use to have government cheese. Now er have government slime.


How the mighty have fallen.

I think I need to buy a gun's picture

its a great way to contain inflatiion in meat, and its great for corporate profits. Can I really ask what else fuckin matters?

BlackholeDivestment's picture


...maybe if it was ''Green Slime'' parents would arrest the corrupt bastards that do not care about the children.


blindman's picture

modern day sausage, but look at the valuable and
cool products that come out the other end.
McDonald's George Washington McNugget sold for $8,000 on eBay
Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/mcdonalds-george-washi...

my puppy for prez's picture

That's why I get ALL of my beef, chicken, eggs, and raw milk from organic/grassfed non-GMO local farmers whom I know and trust.  Granted, radioactive contamination is hard to avoid, but becoming vegan does not solve that problem, as plants contain the poison, too.

Buy local....screw the bankers/industrialists!!!

krispkritter's picture

I'm with you. And if I'm gonna glow, I want it to be a 'healthy glow'...

hairball48's picture

Glad we have a real butcher shop here where I live in MT. A lil more expensive, but we KNOW what we're getting, and it ain't pink slime.

I think I need to buy a gun's picture

well thats montana alot of the country drives their kids to play sports 10 hours away every weekend, during the week its shopping at the big box stores in between facebooking, american idol and getting the hair done. There is no time to cook or find a real butcher. McDonalds on the run

hairball48's picture

I assume you left /sarc out

That "routine" you cited is the very thing that is fucked with most Americans today....especially that bit about American Idol and Facebook. Facebook is one of the most evil creations yet.

jonjon831983's picture

This is good news for fast foods YUM, MCD, etc. Why?  Because they have been in line with industry standards.  People shouldn't be FUCKING complaining about MCD using "pink slime".


Though, to what extent these companies have influenced the use of this meat is a question up there.


ALSO, this may put into question food security, are we able to provide enough "protein" for the population?  Is what we have now at lowest possible cost because we are adding "fluff"?  Think about how in China a couple years ago with the Melamine baby milk scandal.

FeralSerf's picture

Grass fed beef, particularly the beef from the west coast, may have an unsafe amount of radioactive particles in it thanks to the pacific rainfall and Fukushima.  No one tells us how much is in various foods.

FeralSerf's picture


Who knows what they were a year ago?  All the radiation monitors west of the Rockies were simultaneously "broken" so They couldn't tell us.  It was (and still is) nearly impossible to buy your own geiger counter too.  If I was a tin-foil hat conspiracy nut, I might think something is rotten.


Ahmeexnal's picture

You should not limit your search for a geiger counter to the App Store.

There's loads upon loads of geiger counters on eBay.

I got mine bout 10 years ago dirt cheap. When the nuclear exposion went off in Fukushima, prices for those counters went ballistic.

Get one of those yellow "Civilian Defense" old counters, not the new crappy  counters with a retina display.

Hey, they even used those on the crappy "Thor" flick.

the grateful unemployed's picture

in my area we have Northgate which is an upcoming chain for hispanics mainly. they have twice the variety of produce, although not all of its pretty, it serves well. they have a long long meat counter, sometimes you have to take a number. there is almost no ground meat of any kind. i threw some of their ground chicken in the pan and almost no water came out)

most of their beef probably hasn't been to a feedlot, which is what separates good, choice, and prime. if it hasn't been to a feedlot its probably additive safe. i can shop there with a $20 bill and come away with change. lately the chains nearby have been trying to compete, by adding more produce.

northgate also have a large bakery, a dulceria, where most items have less sugar than their commercial counterparts. by comparison walmart is mostly prepackaged foods, and the usual expensive meat items which are brand names. while there is probably a bit of lard in some itmes at NG, and maybe something in that ground beef, most of this is a healthy alternative. i see mothers and their children buying produce, fruit and vegetables. these kids don't seem to be afraid of vegetables. they help mom shop. its sort of what America was like fifty years ago.

when i was a child we bought meat at a PX commissary, and it wasnt that fatty marbled beef, we ate meat regularly, without being too much the worse for it. i look at our old pictures and we were all skinny as rails, even the parents.

if corporate america would just leave the extra sugar and fat out of food we could probably do just fine, without going vegan or organic.

Umh's picture

Along those lines; when I was younger it seemed like every household had a meat grinder. I don't eat much in the way of ground meat, but if I did I might just take the time to grind it myself.

Cathartes Aura's picture

GMO grain fed meats.   this is something you weren't raised on, but today's well-rounded children are.

benb's picture

"...business profits are placed above the health of citizens in every single case. " 

I think this is only one aspect of the situation and it's a first line of cover. This all falls under a global eugenics program being instituted by the criminally insane ruling oligarchy. That is why most governmental safegaurds have been either compromized or destroyed. Years ago I offered my dog some 'Chicken McNuggets' from McDonalds. The dog would not eat them. Later I found out that they were only 50% mechanically separated chicken and the rest was garbage including a preform of silicon (silly putty) which comsumed over time will contribute to organ failure. The dog knew!

mkkby's picture

Recently I tried a burger king burger after 20 years of avoiding fast food.  I gave my cat a tiny taste of the plain "meat".  He didn't really want it at first, and he's not a picky eater. 

He immediately threw it up.  Can't sustain a carnivore, it can't be meat.

Cathartes Aura's picture

re: "can't be meat" - how far we've come - mechanically recovered meat used to be used for "pet foods" - last year Wiki even had this in their text, but now that corporate fud makers have "reclaimed" this meat as "edible" it's in most low cost meat fud sources, like burgers, hot dogs, bologna, frozen fud meat products, etc.

from pet food to people fud, that's corporate progress!

also, the ubiquitous GMO-corn filler has made its way to cheaper pet foods, resulting in dog and cat DIABETES, requiring daily insulin shots to keep them alive. . . soooo pathetic, so sad.

BigInJapan's picture

Most housecats won't even eat the birds they kill.
Birds aren't made of meat either, I suppose.

Umh's picture

That's called playing. It must be a lot of working getting the feathers off:)

Grassfed's picture

The people vote with their dollars and anyone who does not want to eat this or that has the choice.  To blame businesses for providing that which the mob wants is insane.  Why not blame the mob for being so stupid as to buy bad food on credit no less.  The people are their own worst enemy.  If you were making purchases at McDonalds that's your problem – not McDonalds.  If you and all others wanted something different, McDonalds would change in a heartbeat.

DaveyJones's picture

McDonalds is nothing in effect compared to our supermarkets. If we really voted with our wallets, we would hound / avoid / protest the major supermarket chains including "Whole Foods" who continue to refuse to label GMOs 

Umh's picture

I'd agree with you except for lack of labeling ( and outright mislabeling)  telling people what they're eating. I used to trust labeling ( I was young & dumber 40 years ago ); now I assume that they're lying and it usually turns out that way.

Cathartes Aura's picture

I agree with you to some extent - people need to inform themselves - but the majority of amrkns are still believing what they've been taught since birth, that they're superiour to the rest of the world, and that their government ensures their safety with all the alphabet agencies, and the "food pyramid" recommendations. . . and that when they fall ill, it's most likely a punishment from gawd, or at the very least, their fault - never the food, water, air, that the dot.gov provides them so lovingly. . .

the grateful unemployed's picture

the dog finished my homework (along the line of man bites dog stories)

walcott's picture

Soylent Green frsh from Lybia and Syria and soon to be Iran. Yum! canabalism never tastes so good!

walcott's picture

And lets not forget radioactive fukishima soylent green. Will kill twice as fast.


AN0NYM0US's picture

at least there's goat milk, oh wait

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 7, 2012 – Cargill Animal Nutrition today announced a voluntary and limited regional recall of Nutrena NatureWise ® Goat Pellets disclaimer icon due to an error in labeling. The bags of affected goat feed disclaimer icon should have indicated that the feed included Decoquinate, a medicated article for the prevention of coccidiossis that is commonly included in ruminant feed, but which is not approved for lactating goats.

The goat pellets were manufactured at Cargill’s Montgomery, Ala., facility on Dec. 31, 2011, Feb. 18, 2012, and Feb. 25, 2012. The pellets were distributed in five states -- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina.

Cargill is implementing this goat feed recall disclaimer icon as a precautionary measure. Consumers are urged to return listed products – whether in opened or unopened bags — to their place of purchase for a full refund or replacement

Cathartes Aura's picture

most folks using goat milk source it locally, buy it fresh regularly, and know the people who keep the goats, therefore bypass the supermarket aspect of Cargill-users.

but it's good to show how insidious the corporate tentacles are, thanks!

foxmuldar's picture

I'm so glad I gave up red meat at least 30 years ago. Then it was dioxins in the stuff that I didn't want in my system. Nice to know I made the right choice. I do still eat chicken, fish and turkey, and Im sure there are some things in them that I don't want to know about. I'm sure Michelle Obama and her socialist husband don't have pink slime served to them at the White House. Maybe her children are getting some at their private school. Lets hope they are.  They deserve to share what the rest of your kids are eating. 

Non Passaran's picture

This is so hilarious.  How do you know you have less dioxine in your body than before, when you ate read meat?

And yet, according to our "Green green grass of home" friend below, you're still in grave danger!

Grassfed's picture

You don’t eat meat – except for chicken, fish, and turkey.  Well, that sounds like meat to me.  But unless the meat is 100% grass-fed you are doing your body a massive disservice.  You are what the animal eats and poultry from the store is grain-fed to the hilt worse than beef from the store.  And most of the fish is not wild caught but farm raised.  There is a huge difference.  The foundation food for all animal life is the green leaf so anything grain-fed (oatmeal anyone?) is slowly being poisoned – and that includes people too.

Cathartes Aura's picture

just adding that given over 90% of all corn, wheat, and soy in amrka is GMO, and this is what is fed to feed lot animals to fatten them up just prior to selling / slaughter, should give one pause, particularly if you're feeding your children these gov.fud.stuffs.

DaveyJones's picture

and beyond the GMOs, cows are now being fed anything but the food they need to be healthy, grass 

boiltherich's picture

Meat?  I sometime stop by the meat counter and look, I used to love the stuff, now all I can afford is to reminisce about it.  But it does make me really angry that business profits are placed above the health of citizens in every single case. 


AN0NYM0US's picture

George you forgot the clip of Michelle O announcing changes to school lunch programs and new USDA standards


Gloomy's picture


americanspirit's picture

Do you have them clean the meat grinder first? Good luck with that. I'm with you Gloomy, but I take the whole meat home and grind it myself. And I'm very careful about the source of the meat as well.

As for the argument elsewhere in this thread that quality food is more expensive, just eat less and enjoy it more. Many folks would be absolutely astonished how full they get if they chew each mouthful at least a dozen times before swallowing.


And don't drink while eating, even water. That dilutes your stomach acid and allows large particles of undigested protein to enter your upper gut causing all kinds of GI problems that our medical system has given exotic names to so that they can prescribe 'medicines'. Chew your food, don't drink while eating, and choose quality over quantity and you'll eliminate 90% of the risk.

the grateful unemployed's picture

tell the little punks to quit complaining, when I was in school the slime had no COLOR whatsoever, it was just this grayish blob, and they didn't even bother to mix in any real meat. they just plopped a big spoon and your plate and told you to go study American history, which is about the same thing for the mind.

Confused's picture

And you walked up hill, both ways, with no shoes in streets made of broken glass........


....thanks for the sacrifice. 

A Lunatic's picture

I have raised my own beef for about ten years now. One year in particular we called relatives to see if they were interested in buying a 1/4 or 1/2 in the fall. One of my Sister-in-Laws said "we only buy the good meat from Albertsons".........LOL.

Google 'meat glue' for more culinary delight.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

A few years back my farrier was at his friends ranch cattle ranch in Colorado and noticed this "things" attached to the necks of the steers. He asked what they were and was astonished to find out they were female hormones. Legally they can do that up to a few weeks before slaughter (makes the animal gain more weight). Then he notice a group of steers in a separate corral by the house that didn't have the neck things. " why don't those cattle have them?" he asked. The cattleman replied " those are for my family and friends, we're not eating that shit". I've never bought conventional meat since.

memyselfiu's picture

And that, my friends, is the crux of what's wrong with western society. Fuck everyone else as long as I can make a buck doing it.

Kobe Beef's picture

That, and the bucks are just fake Bennie's Bux, conjured out of thin air by a global conspiracy.

Doing anything for the Bux is a sure way to get Fuxed in the crux.

marcusfenix's picture

pink slime leftovers from BGH steroid feed cows, who eat GMO corn which turns their insides to diseased, rot infected organs which causes high infertility rates, high rates of premature death, severe behavioral and mental issues (literally "mad cows"). and the USDA decides it's ok for people, for schools to feed the leftovers to kids and for McDonald's and Wal-Mart to sell it to the general public with the label 100% pure beef...

and people wonder why 50% of the population is on some form of synthetic poison medication, and our children are halving more mental and psychical health issues, why MR/DD diagnoses are exploding in our younger population.

it's not violent video games or to much internet and not enough exercise.

you are what you eat. and pink slime is only the tip of the poisoned food iceberg...