Are you being served Pink Slime?


I had the occasion to learn of this product while I was on baby watch a few weeks ago in Wells, Texas.   I was horrified that the schools are able to purchase this ‘meat product’ and serve it to our children.  For those of you who don’t know what pink slime is, let me enlighten you.


“Ten years ago, the rejected fat, sinew, bloody effluvia, and occasional bits of meat cut from carcasses in the slaughterhouse were a low-value waste product called ‘trimmings’ that were sold primarily as pet food. No more. Now, Beef Products Inc. of South Dakota transforms trimmings into something they call ‘boneless lean beef.’ Factories liquefy theses trimmings and use a spinning centrifuge to separate the sinews and fats from the meat, leaving a mash that has been described as ‘pink slime.’  It is then frozen into small squares and sold as a low-cost additive to hamburger.”  Besides being low quality factory fed meat, the product is treated with ammonia in a toxic attempt to kill pathogens.


Beef Products Inc. produces more than 7 million pounds of the mash weekly, making it the world’s largest manufacturer of this frozen product. “BPI explains that its product is mixed into most of the ground beef sold in the United States at major fast-food restaurants, supermarkets, and school lunch programs.” But that’s not the entire problem, when you turn garbage bits of animal carcasses into “pink slime” to sell as a food product, there’s an issue with pathogens, such as E. coli.


Original tests came back showing that the pink slime was rampant with harmful bacteria.  It should have been decided not to sell right then, but Beef Products Inc. cleverly started disinfecting the slime with ammonia and convinced the FDA to allow them to list it as a “processing ingredient” so that we wouldn’t know we were eating ammonia.


Being well past school age, I thought I was protected from encountering ‘pink slime.’  Think again.   I ordered a taco salad at my favorite Mexican restaurant last Sunday.  When the oversized taco shell basket arrived, all I saw was salad. I looked down to the bottom of the basket, and no meat to be found.  I complained to my waitress.  She said that she would talk to her manager.  I sat looking at the lettuce, but no ground beef.   My server brought me a cup of pink soup, which she told me was ground beef.


As a card-carrying carnivore, I have had my share of ground beef.  I know that it is red when you fry it, and I know it is dark brown when it is cooked.  It is never pink.  The week before I had ordered a taco salad (yes, I gave been watching my calories) and the ground meat at that restaurant looked exactly like what I have cooked at home.  I tell you, I know ground beef when I see it.  I also know it when I don’t.


Needless to say, I was very disappointed when my favorite upscale Mexican restaurant served me the pink soup instead of brown ground beef.  Guess where we won’t be eating…


Until next time,


Polly  Pink Slime “It’s What for Lunch in U.S. Schools.”



About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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