Patch Poll: Who's to Blame for All This 'Pink Slime' in the News?

Some blame the governor. Some blame the media. Some don't blame anybody at all.

One person's "pink slime" apparently is another's "finely textured beef."

Whatever you call it, here's what it is: The controversial beef product made from scraps of leftover meat that's treated with ammonia.

Gov. Terry Branstad has been defending it, calling the media coverage a "smear campaign." He wants a federal probe into who's responsible for all this smack talk about the meat.

When Patch ran that story, among the many comments was this:

"Branstad keeps this issue alive in the media more than anyone else...The 'pink slime' industry needs to tell Branstad to shut up already if they have any hope of recovering.

And we received this comment, too:

"The media needs to get off this whole thing. It is nothing...There is no problem--there never was a problem--the sensationalism and terminology drove the thing and it was unwarranted."

And then there were people who were glad to know and didn't blame anybody.

So, now we ask: Who's to blame for all this talk about meat, or slime, or whatever it is? Is it the governor? The media? Or is nobody to blame? Let us know in the Patch Poll and in the comments section below.


Jorge Garcia April 14, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Carol - the instant ammonia (a gas) hits moisture it turns into ammonium hydroxide, so it's essentially the same NH3 + H2O = NH4OH Our body produces it as a WASTE PRODUCT, before it gets converted into urea and eliminated in urine. And it is used in many other foods, to control pH BUT NOT to kill bacteria.
Phyllis April 15, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Then, I guess you won't be buying hotdogs, beef steak, chicken, fish, cheese, bread, fresh vegetables and fruits, canned vegetables and fruits, chips, , popped corn, candy..... on and on and on. What will you eat? OH - no milk, bottled water, either (or tap water), fruit juice, soda. What will you drink?
Chris April 15, 2012 at 01:42 PM
WWW.Beefisbeef.com read what all these independent media and scientists say. Stop with the pink slime name, call it what it is LFTB. For those who think this was being kept a secret are wrong why would BPI allow a documentary be made with the process. You can NOT listen to everything the media says. At the end of the day the news is out for ratings.
Jorge Garcia April 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
The information in that website is obviously slanted and favorable towards BPI. USDA and Georgia DA documents from 2001 & 2003 report 800 to 1300 ppm ammonia in the finished product that leaves the plant. Since untreated beef has 101 ppm according to http://beefproducts.com/ammonium_hydroxide.php that would make it 8 to 13 times higher than natural. It would also make it higher than 58 of the 61 foods listed by Beefisbeef.com
Steve Wilson April 15, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Let me get this strait... You are comfortable eating dog food grade meat that has to be disinfected because it has ecoli bacteria? BPI should come out with an ammonia spray for home use. Moldy/soiled meat? No problem! Do what we do and disinfect your food that would otherwise make you sick.


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