More Delicious Finely Textured Beef, Please

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 1st, 2012

Week in Review

There’s a lot of talk today about ‘pink slime’.  That hamburger filler made by less choice parts of the cow.  And treated with ammonia hydroxide gas.  To make it healthier for human consumption.  McDonald’s stopped using it about a year ago.  But they still use it in our public schools.  Because it’s perfectly okay to feed to our kids.  To help prove this point one of the plants that make this stuff invited some state governors to look at the process (see “Pink slime” producer allows tour of plant to bolster image by Andrew Stern posted 3/30/2012 on Reuters).

First, a conveyer belt brought in scraps left over from a plant next door that produces steaks, roasts and other cuts of meat. The scraps were heated to around 100 degrees Fahrenheit to facilitate separation of the fat, then dumped into a huge meat grinder to pull out fat, cartilage, bone and connective tissue.

A centrifuge spinning 3,000 times a minute continued the separation process. Inside a third machine the material was treated with ammonia hydroxide gas to eliminate bacteria.

The treated bits of meat were moved into large roller-presses inside drums up to 14 feet tall, which flattened the meat and froze it down to 15 degrees, which lightened its color. The meat was pried out of the drums, then put in a grinder that churned out 60-pound bricks that were packaged individually for shipment…

Meat producers have predicted hamburger prices will rise as the spring grilling season begins because they will no longer be able to use the cheap filler to mix with the higher quality cuts of beef.

Mmm.  Just like Mom made.  I mean, just what’s so bad about this?  It’s not like they’re leaving the fat, cartilage, bone and connective tissue in the product.  And what fine cooking doesn’t include a centrifuge?  And ammonia hydroxide gas?  I’m sure Mom had that in her spice rack.  Right next to the fennel.

That should clear things up.  Delicious food.  The way it should be.  Shaped like a brick.  Yum.  The next thing you know people everywhere will be saying, “More finely textured beef, please.”

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The Government makes our Kids eat Dog Food in our Schools

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 10th, 2012

Week in Review

The Obama administration has declared war on unhealthy foods.  Because we’re too fat.  And are in general poor health.  Because our mothers aren’t packing healthy enough lunches for their kids.  And McDonald’s and Taco Bell are killing us with unhealthy ground beef (see Seven Million Pounds of “Pink Slime” Beef Destined for National School Lunch Program by Sarah B. Weir posted 3/8/2012 on Shine from Yahoo).

McDonald’s and Taco Bell have banned it, but now the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is buying 7 million pounds of beef containing ammonium hydroxide-treated ground connective tissue and meat scraps and serving it up to America’s school kids…

According to TheDaily.com, the term “pink slime” was coined by microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein, formerly of the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service. He first saw it being mixed into burger meat when he was touring a Beef Products Inc (BPI) facility in 2002 after an outbreak of salmonella. “Scientists in D.C. were pressured to approve this stuff with minimal safety approval,” Zirnstein told The Daily.

“Pink slime,” which is officially called “Lean Beef Trimmings,” is banned for human consumption in the United Kingdom. It is commonly used in dog and chicken food…

Another issue is the ammonium hydroxide, a chemical that is used to kill pathogens such as E. coli. The FDA considers it safe for human consumption but a 2009 expose by the New York Times questioned its safety and efficacy.

Well if that ain’t the pot calling the kettle black.  It turns out that McDonald’s and Taco Bell hold themselves to a higher standard than our government.  For our government will feed dog food to our children in school.  McDonald’s and Taco Bell won’t.  Even though the government will.  But they heard public opinion.  And they’re going to give the public what they want.  Unlike our government.  Who takes a high moralizing tone when it comes to healthy eating.  But then tells our kids ‘dog food is good enough for you’.  At least, when they’re paying for it.

This is an important lesson here.  The private sector wants to please us and gives us a higher quality food.  The government wants to change us and make us take what they give us.  A lower quality food.  And their snarky criticism about our poor eating habits.  Now just imagine the level of quality we’ll get under Obamacare.

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