Can You Detect Pink Slime?
AP runs a food test, and the slime doesn't do well
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 16, 2012 11:18 AM CDT
Updated Mar 18, 2012 9:10 AM CDT
A hamburger made from ground beef containing what is derisively referred to as "pink slime," right, and one made from pure 85% lean ground beef.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – Pink slime, now available in schools, certainly sounds disgusting—but does it actually affect a burger's taste? Writing for the AP, a food critic conducted a taste test to find out. In the process, JM Hirsch learned that unless your meat is organic—which guarantees no slime—it's very difficult to tell from a burger's label whether it contains the stuff. Because pink slime is, in industry terms, just "lean, finely textured beef," there's no need for producers to mention it as an ingredient.

Hirsch's grocers didn't even know whether most of their ground beef contained the slime. Still, he was able to pin down an organic variety that definitely didn't have it and another brand that definitely did. After cooking them under precise conditions, he sampled each one and found a clear difference. The non-slime version was juicy, "savory, and meaty" with "just the right texture." The pink slime burger, while tolerable, lacked much flavor and contained "unpleasantly chewy bits." Click through for the full taste test.

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Mar 30, 2012 8:15 PM CDT
I don't purchase ground beef or hot dogs. I saw what goes into hot dogs & I don't want to eat that. It seemed that every month or so, a million pounds of ground beef was being recalled, so I stopped eating that too. The FDA seems to be too interested in protecting the manufacturers above the consumer sometimes. We have the right to know what goes into our food. We brag about our great food supply & it is very good. But the FDA must be more vigilant, public trust is key here.
Mar 18, 2012 11:07 PM CDT
but the slime is grass-fed.....
Mar 18, 2012 11:58 AM CDT
Ground beef would cost less if they stop adding this stuff, hormones and antibiotics. It's all about preparation, temperature and proper packaging. I'm in favor of bringing back the butcher.....processed food isn't good for you and there would be less health problems in society if we had fresh food.