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Old 02-02-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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McDonald's Pink Slime

When I tell people that I avoid fast food and only buy organic, grass-fed beef, many assume that I'm some kind of a food snob or "elitist." Maybe I am. But when I read articles like the one below, it only reassures me that I'm probably doing the right thing. Some of the additives and processing methods that our government allows is downright appalling.

McDonald’s Pink Slime is Off the Menu

This is what McDonald's does (or did) to its beef, but what the article doesn't tell you is that it's a common practice. This ammonia-laden pink goo is in 70% of the ground beef available everywhere, from school lunch programs to fast food to supermarkets. All in the name of saving about 3 cents per pound.


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Old 02-02-2012, 03:42 PM   #2
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Yeah. Makes me want to use my grinder more often and grind my own beef.
I am not surprised to read this. I have come to expect the worst from our food industry.

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Old 02-02-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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I think it is more a reflection on the consumer than on the government. It has been my observation that most people are more concerned about price than they are about quality, processing or country of origin. It amazes me when I go into a dollar store and see olives from Egypt or pickles from India being sold at a dollar a jar. It used to be that we thought of imported items as premium products to be coveted now they are viewed with suspicion. I would very much like us to return to the small farm/shopkeeper that was just fading out as I was growing up. I really don't hold much hope for it as a main stream way of life. It is sad, I feel like I am beginning to sound like an old curmudgeon shaking his cane. Its time to WAKE UP AMERICA!!!
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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A lot of times if I find a piece of meat that is on sale, I will get a couple and grind them myself with my KA grinder. My son also will bring his meat over and use the grinder. Freshly ground chuck makes fantastic hamburgers.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #5
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AHHHH ya, THAT was a mental picture I could have done without. The article too. Informative tho thank you for the post.
While on the subject of government and food, anyone read the book "Gristle?" A real eyeopener.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:09 PM   #6
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Buy fish or a chicken sandwich then you will have no slime to deal with.
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:42 PM   #7
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Those who have the resources and area to raise their own year-old calf, can do so. http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/reposi...11p5-71305.pdf

Then you'll know what is in your beef because you put it there.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:31 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by kleenex View Post
Buy fish or a chicken sandwich then you will have no slime to deal with.
Maybe not, but the mile-long ingredient list for these two items doesn't fill me with a lot of confidence either...

Nutrition Facts for McDonald's Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients: Chicken Breast with Rib Meat, Water, Seasoning ( Salt, Spice(s) and Spice(s) Extractive ), Sodium Phosphate, Wheat Flour, Corn Starch Modified, Egg(s) Whites Dried, Wheat Gluten, Leavening ( Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate ), Vegetable(s) Oil, May contain : Vegetable(s) Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Soybean(s) Oil Partially Hydrogenated and/or Corn Oil Partially Hydrogenated and/or Canola Oil Partially Hydrogenated and/or Cottonseed Oil and/or Sunflower Oil and/or Corn Oil ), TBHQ and Citric Acid To Preserve Freshness, Dimethylpolysiloxane, Flour Enriched Bleached ( Ammonium Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid, Baking Soda, Wheat Flour Bleached, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Disodium EDTA To Protect Flavor, Calcium Propionate Used AS A Preservative, Calcium Silicate, Calcium Sulphate (Sulfate), Dough Conditioner(s) ( Egg(s) Yolks, Emulsifier(s) ( Enzyme(s) ), Folic Acid (Vitamin aB), Corn Syrup High Fructose, Barley Malted Flour, Niacin, Iron Reduced, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Contains less than 22% of Salt, Sesame Seed(s), Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sorbitol, Soy Flour, Soybean(s) Oil, Sugar, Thiamine (Thiamin), Tomato(es), Vinegar, Egg(s) Whole, Yeast, Mustard Flour, Mono and Diglycerides, Calcium Peroxide, Corn Starch, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Chloride, Azodicarbonamide, Lemon(s) Juice Concentrate, Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Fatty Acids, Ethanol, Potassium Propionate ), Lettuce

Nutrition Facts for McDonald's Filet-o-Fish Sandwich

Ingredients: Fish Filet Patty (Hoki, Fish Pollock, Water, Food Starch Modified, Corn Flour Yellow, Wheat Flour Bleached, Salt, Whey, Dextrose, Cellulose Gum, Dimethylpolysiloxane An Anti-foaming Agent, Yeast Dried, Paprika Extract, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Polyphosphate, Sugar, Turmeric Extract, Cooked in Vegetable(s) Oil [May contain one or more of : Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean(s) Oil, Soybean(s) Oil Hydrogenated, with TBHQ and Citric Acid To Preserve Freshness], Flavor(s) Natural), Bun (Flour Enriched [Wheat Flour Bleached, Barley Malted Flour, Niacin, Iron Reduced, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid (Vitamin aB), Enzyme(s)], Water, Corn Syrup High Fructose, Sugar, Yeast, Soybean(s) Oil and/or Soybean(s) Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Salt Contains 2% or less of the Following: ( Calcium Sulphate (Sulfate), Ammonium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Propionate and Dough Conditioner(s) [Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Datem, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Monoglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzyme(s), Guar Gum, Soy Flour, Calcium Peroxide], Sodium Propionate [Preservative], Soy Lecithin, Wheat Gluten, Ammonium Chloride), Tartar Sauce (Soybean(s) Oil, Pickle(s) Relish [Pickle(s) Chopped, Vinegar, Salt, Capers, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate Preservative, Calcium Chloride, Spice(s) Extractive, Polysorbate 80], Egg(s) Yolks, Water, Onion(s), Vinegar Distilled, Sugar, Spice(s), Salt, Parsley, Potassium Sorbate Preservative, Xanthan Gum), Cheese American Pasteurized Process (Milk, Water, Milk Fat, Cheese Culture, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid Preservative, Sodium Phosphate, Acetic Acid, Color(s) Artificial, Enzyme(s), Lactic Acid, Soy Lecithin)
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Disgusting, isn't it?

Non-food food ~ no wonder so many people are sick with preventable diseases.

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Old 02-02-2012, 10:21 PM   #10
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i can see it as an ingredient on the foodtv show "chopped".

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