'pink slime' off US menus

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'pink slime' off US menus

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17393376

Schools across the US are to be allowed to stop serving so-called "pink slime" beef to their pupils at mealtimes.

In a statement, the US Department of Agriculture said schools buying beef from a central government scheme could now choose from a range of options.

The term has become used to describe a type of beef trimming commonly found in school and restaurant beef in the US.

Reports it was widely used in schools prompted a popular outcry, although the beef is certified as safe to eat.
 

Pink slime, or mechanically recovered meat, was trashed by Jamie Oliver last year and is currently getting a bashing in the US. McDonalds have said they will phase it out. Would you let your child eat it? Should schools be serving it, and would you pay for a higher school dinner price if they stopped? Is it an efficient way of using up the whole of the carcass or a product so poor you wouldn't give it to a dog?

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I'd happily pay more to ensure my children eat better quality food. It's why I shop at a butchers for meat rather than buying cheap cut-price crap from a supermarket. Once in a blue moon a McDonalds won't hurt a child; offering similarly-sourced crap daily to a child would hinder their health, I'm certain of it. 

This is a great step, banning it, but after watching Jamie's programmes in America, I doubt it'll do much for those children's health; the majority of their parents were so poorly educated on food that they simply didn't care or understand that a better diet could improve their children's health both short and long term. That's the education needed, and until it happens, kids will continue eating endless rubbish. 

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I'm not sure, I just read the article and it doesn't sound so bad (though looks pretty revolting raw, as does most meat!) .  I presume it's no different to the sort of meat that goes in low quality chicken nuggets or soemthing like that?

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Pretty much, Ursh.

Me, I'm glad I'm a vegetarian and don't have to eat it lol but I must say it is probably no worse than a lot of the gunk we eat these days. Most processed foods have a list of ingredients that would make people's hair curl, should they know what it was- and I include vegetarian processed foods in that, Quorn is grown in a vat and all that!

I'd personally prefer the whole animal to be used. Perhaps not for human consumption though. Dog food???

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I bought minced beef from Sainsbury's last week but it had tuby bits in.  It was the dearest minced beef which they had marked as their quality product.  I won't be buying it again.

I was so put off by it that I was going to try Quorn - without telling hubby as he would turn his nose up - but they way you have described it EB it doesn't sound too appertising either lol.

the pink slim in my opinion should be used to feed cats and dogs.

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I got so disillusioned by the quality of the beef I was buying (we don't eat much pork or lamb) that I now stock up here http://www.ardrossfarm.co.uk/ every time we are in the area (several times a year) and put lots of mince and stew in my freezer. The difference between that and what I can buy in the shops is night and day. The mince has so little fat in it that it sticks to the pot when you are cooking it. I have a pot of stew cooking for later and the smell of it is amazing.
I try to use as little processed meat as possible. I stopped buying chicken nuggets a long time ago and I now make my own. I make big batches and freeze them so we always have some for convenience.

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oh, I love Quorn. But it's almost marketed as some kind of exotic mushroom and it isn't, its a modified fungus grown in a vat in a sugar solution and egg white based slurry.

Tasty, I usually have something Quorn-y in the freezer, but I don't kid myself it's any 'better' than most sausages, burger patties, etc. It certainly isn't 'natural'! Of course I DO think its better because I don't eat meat, and I think its a very useful ingredient for meaties and veggies alike, but broad beans it aint!

Don't let me put you off though, please. Quorn really is very yummy.

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That sounds much more of a balanced review lol, but I am not sure hubby can eat it after all.  He can't eat mushrooms as they give him gout so this may do the same.  Some further investigation on my part needed I think.