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Is There Pink Slime in Your Ground Beef?

I remember watching Jamie Oliver’s (aka The Naked Chef) Food Revolution TV show about how some ground beef is treated with ammonia.

His show is about revolutionizing the way we feed our kids, less processed foods, more freshly cooked meals.

It’s disturbing to know what’s really in our food.

And if you’ve ever watched the show, you’ll never look at processed food the same way.

We don’t really know how it affects our health.

Ammonia is such a strong chemical. If you’ve ever used pure ammonia to clean something, you know that you have to ventilate well because of the harsh fumes.

I can’t imagine it being sprayed on food and then we eat it. And with ground beef, it’s also treated with food coloring to make it pink.

is there pink slime in your ground beef

Jamie Oliver is campaigning to get rid of pink slime, a low-cost filler made from fatty meat scraps, heated to remove most of the fat, then treated with ammonium hydroxide gas to kill bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella.

I know we’re all trying to save money, but at what cost? I haven’t bought ground beef in a long time because I’ve been wary of what’s really in it.

If you really want to be safe, just have the butcher grind the meat fresh, right then and there.

It’s ultimately your choice whether to purchase meat with pink slime or not.

Here are the places that sell meat with pink slime and those that don’t, according to The Daily.

No pink slime:

  • A&P
  • Whole Foods
  • Costco
  • Publix
  • H-E-B
  • Waldbaum’s
  • Price Chopper

No pink slime in store-ground meat, but sells pre-packaged ground beef from other suppliers that have pink slime:

  • Jewel-Osco
  • Kroger
  • Food Lion
  • Winco
  • Fred Meyer

Sells store ground meat with pink slime:

  • Target
  • BJ’s
  • Hy-Vee
  • Safeway
  • Walmart
  • Albertson’s
  • Stop & Shop
  • Zaycon Foods

Photo Credit:  aMichiganMom

6 Comments on Is There Pink Slime in Your Ground Beef?

  1. Ashley C.
    March 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Does anyone know about the meat sold at Military base commissaries? Thats where I do all my shopping — and really dont want to be feeding my two young children anything like that!

    • Fanny
      April 5, 2012 at 9:11 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Ashley,

      I guess you’ll have to ask them.


  2. Kari@Small Budget Big Dreams
    March 26, 2012 at 7:00 am (4 years ago)

    Wow, this makes me even more happy I don’t eat red meat, gross. I wonder if ShopRite sells pink slime beef? The bf buys ground beef there and if they do we’ll definitely be switching exclusively to shopping for meat at A&P.

  3. Animal Scientist-in-Training
    April 14, 2012 at 8:20 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Fanny, I came across your website on Pinterest and love all your budget and money saving tips! They are definitely needed for a poor grad student! I just came across this post and because I am pursuing a career in animal agriculture, I want to educate you on meat products, just as you have been educating me on money. “Pink slime” is meat that has been sanitized by using ammonium hydroxide, which is ammonia that is diluted by water. Although some people may not want their meat sanitized (which is raising the pH of the product and using something that is naturally found in the meat), it is definitely safer than allowing for high levels of E. coli to remain in the product which will lead to illness and possibly death.

    Here is a link I would like for you to read about the reality of “pink slime” It contains scientific evidence, not just an opinion of a chef who may or may not know anything about the science behind this product.

    The meat is safe and it should not be discarded when there are hungry children all the around the world, even here in the US.

    • Fanny
      April 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks for another perspective.

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