Pink Slime: Reality and Survival
I know that this pink slime in the food supply is all over the news, but there were several topics in this one article I read this morning that I felt warranted more discussion. I believe these topics focus on the reasons why you, as a survivalist/prepper, must use common-sense, be skeptical and aware of what is going on (or not going on) in the world around you. The reality that this article brings forward, is a reason why your survival is dependent on you. I think that most people, by default, trust everything that is being fed to them by our government, as well as our media. People assume everything is ‘up and up’ and we go on with our lives.
Well folks, we all know what happens when you assume. You make an ass-(out of) u-(and) –me! If you are listening to the news or reading a news article and something just doesn’t sound ‘right’ to you, then investigate. Is what you heard/read true or partially true? Or is it all just a big piece of sugar coated candy put out there for you to enjoy? Let’s take a look at some of the pink slime finds.
When recently asked why they agreed to feed “pink slime” to our children, school lunch officials said it was to drop the price of ground beef — by 3 cents per pound.
3 cents per pound. SERIOUSLY??? How about feeding the kids some meat? I know times are tough and everyone is looking to cut costs, but purchasing ground beef injected with toxins to save 3 cents a pound?!?!
In a study titled “Fast food hamburgers: what are we really eating?” pathologists at the Cleveland Clinic dissected burgers from eight different fast food chains to find out what was, or wasn’t, inside. Published in the Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, the paper begins with “Most consumers presume that the hamburger they eat is composed primarily of meat.” But what did they find?
Okay, everyone, here comes some shocking percentages…
…the researchers discovered waste and by-products including connective tissue, nerve tissue, cartilage, bone, and in a quarter of the samples, Sarcocystis parasites. But surely these “fillers” were the minority, right? Unfortunately not. After crunching the numbers, the researchers found that the amount of actual meat (muscle flesh) in the burgers ranged from 2.1 percent to 14.8 percent. Instead of fries, perhaps fast food cashiers should be asking, “Do you want meat with that?”
The amount of actual meat in the burgers ranges from 2.1 to 14.8 percent??? I’m thinking the rest probably isn’t so good for you?!?!
In addition to reducing quality, cutting corners also tends to reduce safety, which is why the pink slime in question is injected with ammonia hydroxide: to kill the Salmonella and E. coli (fecal matter) that it’s often contaminated with. Instead of addressing the contamination issue itself, the meat industry employs a cheap “technofix” to turn what was once considered waste into slimy profits.
Why isn’t the contamination issue being addressed at the source? Cost too much money? I guess it’s okay to try and fix it by injecting pink slime. La, la, la, my life goes on…
So what do the meat pushers do when cheap chemicals won’t do the trick, and their products leave the processing plant contaminated with fecal bacteria? Do they shut down the plant? Order a recall? No. They shift responsibility onto the consumer. “Raw meats are not idiot-proof,” a USDA poultry microbiologist said. “They can be mishandled and when they are, it’s like handling a hand grenade. If you pull the pin, somebody’s going to get hurt.” In other words, if you get sick from contaminated meat, it’s your fault.
Oh, I get it…YOU must not have cleaned the meat properly. YOU must not have cooked it to the correct temperature. YOU must have stored it at the wrong temperature.
I think this next one will make you ill…
But just how often is meat contaminated? This month the CDC released their latest national meat survey in response to this question. They tested more than 5,000 samples of retail meat products straight off the shelves in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. What they found could hardly have been more disturbing: 90 percent of pork chops, ground beef and ground turkey, and 95 percent of chicken breasts, were contaminated with fecal bacteria.
YUM!!! (I’m being facetious.) So now you have some percentages on the quality of your supermarket meat.
Now that you have learned something about your meat, what will you do?
Source quotes: Huffington Post