I’m Not Mad at My Cow

The news has been filled with cow issues lately; from pink slime (yuck) to mad cows. And meat eaters don’t understand vegetarianism?

Pink is a Great Color, But not as “Pink Slime”

Ammonia-treated beef trimmings also known as "pink slime" is no longer used in McDonald’s burgers.

The recipe for “pink slime”:

  • Take finely ground beef scraps, sinew, fat and connective tissue
  • Treat with ammonia gas or citric acid to kill E. coli, salmonella and other bacteria
  • Compress into blocks and flash freeze
  • Use as a cheap additive to beef products
  • This food additive can’t be sold directly to consumers in the US, but can make up 15% of ground beef without additional labeling. It is also used in other beef-based processed meats.

    Pink slime is not permitted in Canada (because ammonia is not permitted in meat processing). The United Kingdom and the European Union also ban this product

    Now for Those Mad Cows

    For the first time in 6 years, the US has another mad cow. Although we are assured that this cow didn’t enter the food system, the question still remains as to how it occurred at all.

    In the 1980’s and 1990’s,150 people died in the U.K.from eating infected mad cow meat. Meat producers have changed the process so that this won’t happen again,but it has.

    Vegetarian or not, we should know what we are eating.

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