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Re: my 2 cents worth

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Posted by Smoke Ring on March 24, 2012 at 11:56:13:

In Reply to: Re: my 2 cents worth posted by Gremlin Grill Pat on March 24, 2012 at 10:52:54:

No, you're misrepresenting what I said. I don't care if it's "bad" or good. I wasn't making a quality judgement. If they want to put "contains x% LFTB" on the label I'm fine with that. Then consumers can make an intelligent buying decision. If the USDA says it's safe that doesn't really mean much except that the meat packing industry spent millions on lobbying and political donations. It's all about profit. They can sell you pink slime for the same price as real meat. Just like they pump most meats with salt water "flavor enhancers" these days so they can sell you water for the same price as meat. At least pumped meat says so on the label. I'll continue to grind my own ground beef so I know what I'm getting.

As for safety:

No one knows the amount of commercial ammonia used by Beef Products, Inc. But after consumer complaints that hamburgers smelled like ammonia, the industry reduced the amount to conceal the odor. By doing so, the ammonia stopped killing all of the dangerous bacteria and other pathogens.

Although the USDA didn’t require it, schools kept testing the hamburger and found that in the years 2005 to 2009, ammonia-treated-fatty-waste hamburger tested positive for salmonella 36 times per 1,000 tests, compared to only nine positive tests per 1,000 for other suppliers. This included two contaminated batches of 27,000 pounds in August 2009. E. coli contamination was also found in the meat. In spite of these test failures, Beef Products Inc.’s profits rose to $440 million annually.

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