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Mar 06 2012

Government Feeds Children Pink Slime

Apparatchiks have been seizing lunches packed by parents and forcing kids to eat government-issued lunches instead. These lunches often include an ammonia-laced substance microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein has dubbed “pink slime”:

Made by grinding together connective tissue and beef scraps normally destined for dog food and rendering, BPI’s Lean Beef Trimmings are then treated with ammonia hydroxide, a process that kills pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli.

The resulting pinkish substance is later blended into traditional ground beef and hamburger patties.

Carl Custer, a retired microbiologist who spent 35 years in the Food Safety Inspection Service, doesn’t think much of the stuff.

“We originally called it soylent pink,” Custer told The Daily. “We looked at the product and we objected to it because it used connective tissues instead of muscle. It was simply not nutritionally equivalent [to ground beef]. My main objection was that it was not meat.”

Correction, Mr. Custer. It’s meat if government bureaucrats say it’s meat.

Custer said he first encountered the product — which gained fame recently as “pink slime” in part due to the efforts of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver — back in the late 1990s. Despite voicing his concerns to other officials at the food inspection service, however, the USDA ruled that Lean Beef Trimmings were safe. “The word in the office was that undersecretary JoAnn Smith pushed it through, and that was that,” Custer said.

Pink slime is so vile that not even Taco Bell will use it — and yet:

Last year, the USDA said that 6.5 percent of the beef it purchased for the national school lunch program came from BPI.

The USDA has plans to buy 7 million pounds of pink slime to feed to kids in public schools.

Government schools fill kids’ minds with poison, why shouldn’t it do the same for their stomachs? Meanwhile, we are told that only the government is sufficiently wise to determine what we should eat.

pink-slime
Big Government’s conception of food.

On a tip from AC.

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  • FrankW

    Reminds me of Let’s go to prison. Meat or Ain’t meat.

  • Ralph

    I’ll take a good ol’ boob to suck over that crap.
    Right, Stymie?

  • Stymie

    I would too, Ralph, but I hate the taste of cigars.

  • Ralph

    WTF?

  • Winston Smith

    Custer? Related to George Armstrong Custer?

    He should start a Custard shop with a signature of Pink Custard called Custers Last Custard Stand.

  • Stymie

    My Old Man smokes Phillies Panatellas. :-(

  • Winston Smith

    Reminds me of a scene from the 1984 version or Orwells 1984 when Winston and his friend are eating “lunch” and Winston asks if the stuff thats in the stew is really meat.

  • Stymie’s babysitter

    TMI, Stymie. T-M-I.

  • Ozconservative

    Reminds me of the movie Judge Dredd where that machine goes around saying:

    “Eat recycled food. It’s great for the environment and OK for you!!”

  • Bloodless Coup

    Next they will be feeding your kids kool-aid intraveinously.

    Do you honestly mean to tell me that you can’t trust parents to pack a lunch pail?

  • White_Polluter

    Wow! just lost my appetite. Soylent pink.

  • Jay B.

    Wow. You’d try to make a parody of government cafeterias and it would never come as close to this. How far removed from reality must you be to cut food like that just to protect pensions? This is nothing but organized crime.

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    What they are doing is watering down the hamburger with entrail and tendon material
    E Coli is naturally inherent in these parts
    Be sure to thank the USDA for approving this stuff as “hamburger”
    Without the cover of these “food safety” bureaucrats
    and their USDA “inspected label”, a processing plant would be held to account by the consumer for this.
    This USDA inspection racket affords them both liability, and market protection

  • sablegsd

    Home school people, home school.

  • Sinister66

    Fast food joints have been doing this for years.
    Mcdonalds has finally stopped but there are several others that do still use it.

  • Union teacher

    Remember kids, Obama says:

    Pink Slime = GOOD
    Sand castles = BAD

    Let’s sing a song about it…

  • http://www.henrypbabcock.com Henry

    Sinister66 says: March 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Yep, and we can choose freely to not eat at those establishments.

    As seen in the recent reports of the food NAZI’s forcing 4-year old children to eat school “lunches”, the children DON’T have that choice.

  • whotothewhat

    Pink!! Slime! is People!!

  • KHarn

    “Sinister66 says:March 6, 2012 at 9:53 am”

    Does that make it “right”? Just “yes” or “no”, don’t make a speach.

  • Bloodless Coup

    It looks like a gay pride bowel movement.

  • James McEnanly

    These would be the ‘beef byproducts’, that discerning pet owners do not want in their pets’ food. This shows just what your typical bureaucrat thinks of our chidren

  • Louisiana Steve

    Meanwhile, dog food manufacturers expect to raise the percentage of lean red meat to their canning process due to increased demand of ‘pink slime’.

  • AC

    They’re ruining the good name of beef with this crud.

    Mr. Hill, it’s time to kick somebody’s ass, I tell you what.

  • Bloodless Coup

    Corrupt Georgia Superior Court Dismisses Legal Appeal Of Obama Eligibility Ruling

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/corrupt-georgia-superior-court-dismisses-legal-appeal-of-obama-eligibility-ruling/

  • http://www.henrypbabcock.com Henry

    Bloodless Coup says: March 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Thread winner!!

  • Reiuxcat

    Now, Now.

    You know a portion of the money paid for the pink stuff will be going back to the DNC and His O’liness’ re-coronation campaign.

    Consider it the act of a “good” citizen to eat said comstable.

  • Sam Adams

    Absolutely hilerious; government is “concerned” that kids don’t receive proper nutrition at home, suggests that more kids get fed at school, proposes to provide kids with “fresh, nutritious meals, without all the empty calories,” government now looks for ways to cut its expenses.

    Oh, yes; government supplied health care is going to be sooooo great. Just ask the American Indians about Indian Health Care Services. (Hint: don’t get sick past June.)

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    Sinister
    USDA inspectocrats are the ones approving this stuff as “hamburger”
    Why are they off the hook ?

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    Let’s try the typical liberal response on for size
    We NEED the USDA to insure those evil corporations don’t try and slip something into our food
    You know, corporations like
    McDonalds

    Louisiana Steve
    It’s ironic that humans prefer the meat, while Fido prefers the pink slime.
    You know what the meat packers and their USDA allies will say ?
    Hah, define “meat”
    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Meat_&_Poultry_Labeling_Terms/index.asp

    The definition of “meat” was amended in December 1994 to include as “meat” product derived from advanced meat/bone separation machinery which is comparable in appearance, texture and composition to meat trimmings and similar meat products derived by hand.

    With the price of beef right now, there is huge incentive to make product out of everything but the “moo”
    Good thing the benevolent USDA is on duty
    ZZZZZZZ

  • Sinister66

    It was already revealed this stuff was used in school lunches in 2008. It was used in school lunches before 2007. Your a bit behind in your reporting.
    Hell, Fast food joints have been using it since 2006.

    Henry says:

    How often does that happen?
    My kids take their lunch to school and no one has had a problem.

  • AC

    It appears to have first been okayed in the late 90’s, a/k/a BJ Clinton.

    Regardless, Mooch is the hypocrite. Bush never made micromanaging our diets a hallmark of his administration.

  • bobdog

    Simple. Mix it with algae and some government surplus cheese, although I don’t know what color it would make.

    It’s a perfect food. You got ya meat-and-meat-byproducts, you got ya vegetables, you got ya dairy.

    Your kids will love it and they’ll have strong teeth and shiny coats. Add in some sand and you can stop all that plaque buildup for healthy gums. Mix in a little Ritalin and you got a whole school system full of kids ready to listen. Plus it only costs the government $12,000 a pound.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • http://www.henrypbabcock.com Henry

    Sinister66 says: March 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Once is more than enough.

    You seem quite blassé about the whole thing; perhaps you should have your kids eating the school lunches.

  • Smokey Behr

    That Machine Deboned Meat has been around longer than you think. I used to work on the machine that took turkey carcasses and turned it into a pinkish meat paste over 20 years ago. It wasn’t as pink as the stuff in the picture above, but it looked just like hot dogs before you cook them.

  • TheUnknown

    How can you have any pudding, if you don’t eat your pink slime?

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