One of the big trending Twitter topics on Wednesday, Jan.16 is the shocking fact that horse meat was reported being found in ground beef in two countries according to the L.A. Times reports. This has caused some concern for the United States consumers who were warned about the pink slime in beef trimming last March.
An United States Department of Agriculture scientist revealed in 2012 that that 70 percent of the ground beef we buy at the supermarket contains something he calls “pink slime.”
“Pink slime” is beef trimmings. Once only used in dog food and cooking oil, the trimmings are now sprayed with ammonia so they are safe to eat and added to most ground beef as a cheaper filler.
The “pink slime” is made by gathering waste trimmings, simmering them at low heat so the fat separates easily from the muscle, and spinning the trimmings using a centrifuge to complete the separation. Next, the mixture is sent through pipes where it is sprayed with ammonia gas to kill bacteria. The process is completed by packaging the meat into bricks. Then, it is frozen and shipped to grocery stores and meat packers, where it is added to most ground beef.
New reports from the Republic of Ireland food safety monitors have revealed that some burgers that were sold in Britain and Ireland that were billed as beef contained a mouthful of horse meat.
Horse meat was in one third of the ground beef the Ireland state broadcaster RTE reported.The horse meat was processing plants located in Ireland and Britain, both denied having bought or trading in horse meat, and both have launched full investigations into how the horse DNA could have possibly made it's way into the meat.
An official statement from The Food Safety Authority of Ireland claims that there's no health risk associated with the agency's findings.
The new reports have people talking today on Twitter about what is for dinner and wondering just what is really in the ground beef they are eating, and just how safe is it?
When one consumer was asked about eating the horse meat burgers they stated,"I've probably eaten worse," "Some places you don't know what you're getting."
Share your thoughts on the horse meat and "Pink Slime" found across the globe in ground beef.