A Northern Michigan business is promoting something they don't have in their meat products, lean finely textured beef, or what has been coined as "pink slime."
We visited Tannery Creek Meat Market Monday where the owner says he wants people to be aware of the filler meat being used elsewhere.
The sign at Tannery Creek Meat Market isn't promoting the hot deal of the week, it's promising customers "pink slime" free meat.
â??I was mostly just trying to encourage people to just Google it, to have people see how it's manufactured for themselves," says owner D. Schultz.
Pink slime's actual name is lean finely textured beef, a low cost additive made from leftover meat compressed into blocks and then exposed to ammonia hydroxide to kill bacteria. It then added to ground beef as filler and has been for years. Schultz doesn't use it, but according to the USDA, 70 percent of all beef consumed in the US has lean finely textured beef included.
D. the Meat Man says there's a market for the heart, the kidneys, and other animal parts that may not seem appealing to every single one of us. The pink slime is made out of the leftovers, cartilage, things like that. Why? Well, it helps that bottom line for companies.
â??They use every part of the steer imaginable, so you can only imagine what's not being used, can't be good, and that's kind of the way I look at it," says Schultz.
One of the problems Schultz has is companies who distribute meat with the filler aren't required to disclose ammonia hydroxide was used in the process. But in a statement from Nancy Donley, the founder of STOP Foodborne Illness, she says,
â??Consumers need to understand that this product is meat, period, and that the use of ammonia hydroxide in minute amounts during processing improves the safety of the product and is routinely used throughout the food industry.â??
â??Buyer beware, I think the public needs to be informed of what they put in their bodies, I think they should care, some people won't, a lot of people really do, they want to know where their food comes from, they want to know what's put in it, what's added to it," says Schultz.
We talked with several national chains today that have stores in Northern Michigan and they say do have some meat products with the so-called pink slime but plan to pull it from their shelves.
Beef Products, Inc., the company that uses lean finely textured beef, has a website they've dedicated. Visit at pinkslimeisamyth.com.