Thursday, March 22, 2012

Activist Outrage Causes Major Supermarkets to Drop 'Pink Slime' Meat

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We have been reporting on the staggering amount of "pink slime" used in the U.S. food industry over the last few months. Pink slime is a meat filler made from "ammoniated boneless lean beef trimmings or similar products, which are considered unfit for human consumption until ammonia has been added.”

In early March, it was reported by ABC that a shocking 70% of ground beef at supermarkets contained this pink slime.  Since this disgusting food additive has been exposed, natural health activists rallied to demand its removal from McDonald's and school lunches.  Now major grocery chains are falling to the pressure of activism.

First McDonald's was forced to stop ammonia-soaked pink slime in their beef after a campaign led by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver raised awareness of McDonald's use of the meat filler.

Next, activists targeted pink slime in school lunch programs forcing the USDA to cave in and permit schools to opt out of using this tainted meat in public school lunches.

Just yesterday, Safeway, SUPERVALU and Food Lion announced they will no longer carry what the beef glued together with "pink slime" fillers.


"While the USDA and food industry experts agree that lean, finely textured beef is safe and wholesome, recent news stories have caused considerable consumer concern about this product. Safeway will no longer purchase ground beef containing lean, finely textured beef," Safeway said in a statement.

In addition to these large food retailers, Walmart also announced they will offer ground beef without pink slime, though they declined to remove all the beef that contained lean finely textured beef (LFTB).

"Recently some customers have expressed concerns with lean finely textured beef (LFTB) and, while the USDA and experts agree that it is safe and nutritious, Walmart and Sam's Club will begin offering fresh ground beef that does not contain LFTB," Walmart said.

These recent actions prove that when the public is informed about what they're consuming they will demand healthier products.  It should be noted that once this story broke into the mainstream, it took less than one month for the public outcry to reach enough critical mass to affect change. And it proved that even large conglomerates will quickly change their policies when enough people demand it.

The story of pink slime was echoed by the alternative media long before it was picked up by mainstream news outlets, much like the story of meat glue going mainstream.  We can also see this happening with GMO foods where activism is exposing the health dangers and forcing lawmakers to support GMO labeling.




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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Read carefully the statements.

The fast food outlets still use Pink Slime in their burgers.

Its just been treated with nuclear radiation instead of Ammonia.

Kevin said...

I contacted Stop & Shop and asked them if they sold pink slime or used meat glue in any of there products, about a week a go. In an e-mail yesterday 3/22/2011 they told me they would no longer purchase this "Pink Slime", BUT, they were going to use up what they had left in stock and their meat counter would be clearly marked, what had pink slime and what didn't have any. Small victory. God Bless

Anonymous said...

People should cut their meat consumption anyhow. Disgusting how much dead animals people gobble down - is it actually a difference which part of they eat? With the current nutrition habits, everyone is more or less a cemetery of dead bodies. Consider this!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, cause you are what you eat.

Anonymous said...

Had to post on about this article. Many good comments and eh some are anti meat etc. Don't judge people for doing what they are being programmed to do please. Anyways, most of us at one point have consumed meat. Now, pink slime has been around since...god knows how long I am guessing maybe the mid to late 70's. I say that because that's allegedly when food at food chains really went downhill in quality. I am an 80's baby and with us many of us had plenty of those "yummy" happy meals which I'm sure contained a double dose of this stuff as to which the FDA says has no adverse side effects. Imagine now how much of this stuff remains in your body even after all the detox...we all know super foods and supplements to take now but how long have we been consuming this junk? and don't you vegetarians snicker because remember...they spray all veggies with this crap. There's a youtube video where they sprayed some crap on a harvest and it developed some kind of extra skin that you couldn't even see until you really pick at it and peel away from it...totally disgusting every last bit of it. So, for all of us we either continue to protest and protend congress and the senate cares about occupy monsanto (which they don't, especially not the ones on the payroll) or we go back to what we know and begin farming and harvesting again...many people have already taken these steps. Stay away from monsanto gmo seeds and do your research and best of luck to you all.

BS Detector said...

Now if we can only get the pink slime out of politics . . .

blownaway said...

One of the AdChoice ads in the middle of this article points to pro-lean beef trimming articles, perhaps Activist Post should know that. I just clicked on it. Now it is changed to Epson Projector Deals. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

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Italics Mine said...

If it were called "pink enhancer" the public would have a different perception. The word slime turns people off.

Anonymous said...

We cannot win against these people by following THEIR rules. They write the rules and own the courts that enforce the rules. They laugh at us for protesting, carrying signs and submitting petitions. WE DO NOT have a "representative Republic" anymore. It's DEAD. Let's move on...

The ONLY way to fight is to boycott. BOYCOTT factory farm products, GMO's, etc. Grow your own food, buy it local if you can, or do not buy it at all. Leave their crap to rot on the store shelves!

The Govt cannot force us to buy factory farm products. Once the retailers realize their cheap, factory farm and GMO products are being thrown in the dumpster because they are not selling, they will add more of the things that ARE selling.

A nationwide boycott can be joined by ANYONE, anywhere. From the frozen tundra of Alaska to Key West. We have 390 million people in this "Land of the Free". If just 10% boycotted their "food", it would make a huge difference in their "bottom line".

Boycotting is easy to do. Spread the word on the internet, email, newspaper, radio, local TV and word of mouth. Print flyers and distribute them at Farmer's markets. Spread the word!!!

Ray said...

pink slime has no ammonia once its COOKED. Pink slime is just LEAN BEEF! Soooo many people have lost their jobs, because of this disinformation. Do some REAL research. Mono-sodium-glutimate, Formaldehyde in aspartame, the killing of sylvestrol with pesticides. Those are all REAL problems i have researched. Cancer rates were in free fall, until pesticides killed the sylvestrol in vegetables. Sylvestrol kills CANCER Your just as bad as people that rely on TV for all their information.

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