Is 'Tuna Scrape' the Next Pink Slime?
Consumers worried, but experts say it's not nearly as disgusting
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2012 1:34 PM CDT
After "pink slime" made people worried about low-quality beef, now fears are being raised about tuna scrape, used in some kinds of sushi.   (©Edsel L)

(Newser) – First came "pink slime," the processed beef too dubious even for McDonald's. Now "tuna scrape" might be poised to become the seafood equivalent. With a recent salmonella outbreak being linked to tuna scrape—ground backmeat scraped from the bones of the fish—people are asking whether this fish product is fit for human consumption, reports NPR. Raw meat, after all, is generally riskier than cooked, and ground products are at greater risk for contamination.

"I don't think enough research has been done on these products," one food safety expert says. But others say the comparison is unfair. While tuna scrape comes from the leftovers bones of fish, much the way pink slime comes from meat left over on a cow's carcass, the similarities end there, says Food Safety News. Tuna scrape is removed with a spoon-like device and no further processing occurs, unlike pink slime, which is cooked, sent through a centrifuge, and sprayed with ammonia. "I don't think it's a fair comparison at all," said one seafood expert.

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Barbs1133
Apr 23, 2012 8:18 PM CDT
Anyone remember what is was like to buy a can of chunk tuna to make salad or sandwiches with? About 10 years ago it all changed. I opened a can of tuna and instead of chunks it was a mess of tiny particles. Looked on the label and saw that they had added vegetable broth? What the heck for--to cover up that it was crap tuna. Always wondered where that chunk tuna was going and who was eating it. For sure not the average tuna buyer. Maybe it is better now but I won't eat that stuff.
Antone123
Apr 23, 2012 7:16 AM CDT
Who is protecting the consumer . Come on government inspectors gets some Balls, go to the Media let America know their eating shit.
user99
Apr 22, 2012 10:11 PM CDT
I don't need to worry about salonella from sushi, I hate sushi.