Pink Slime: Are You Eating It Right Now?

Ground beef close-upBeef products that contain “finely textured beef” will go through an important change in response to concern over the use of “pink slime.”

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The Minneapolis-based meat company Cargill Inc. says that it will label beef products that contain “finely textured beef.” The new packages will appear before next year’s grilling season and is in response to consumer demand, and will display some version of the message “Contains Finely Textured Beef.”

Finely textured beef is made by separating the bits of meat that are stuck on fatty trimmings. The meat is treated to kill bacteria and the resulting product is mixed with ground beef.