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Letter: ‘Pink Slime’ propaganda refuted
Re: “Staples on hype: ‘Pink slime’ is healthy, lean beef,” April 4
I was delighted to read several newspaper articles recently, including one in the Wilson County News, exposing the current “Pink Slime” propaganda as a pack of distortions, half-truths, and outright lies.
I suspected from the very onset that this “bunk” was driven by politically correct vegetarians and others who prefer to not eat meat and don’t want others to eat meat. After all, isn’t the eventual elimination of meat and meat-producing animals one of the basic tenets of Agenda 21?
Unfortunately, many gullible and naïve school cafeteria dietitians, among many others, decided to not feed this beef product in their facilities. By labeling this lean, finely textured beef product with a disgusting, unappetizing term, the anti-meat activists succeeded for awhile, but now the truth emerges, and I hope somebody will have to “eat crow.”
Federal regulations say this meat product is made from bits of meat left over from other cuts. These bits of meat are cooked and centrifuged to remove most of the fat. The product is exposed to ammonium hydroxide gas to kill any bacteria which may be present. The resulting product is about 97 percent lean beef. For the very health-conscious, this may be a lot healthier than those juicy, well-marbled sirloins.
So, which meat products will be targeted next as unhealthy, unsafe, and disgusting? Don’t be surprised if someone decides that venison is unhealthy and unsafe. I can hardly wait to find out what Oscar Meyer wieners will be called by the food police.
EMMETT J. STORK
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