Skip to comments.Return of 'pink slime': Customers flock back to controversial meat 2 years after sales plunged
Posted on 06/16/2014 4:50:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The leftover beef trimmings derisively known as 'pink slime' is making a comeback two years after a series of graphic news broadcasts devastated sales.
Two of the largest makers of the ground beef product are reporting a rebound in customers thanks in part to rising prices of its higher-quality counterparts.
Average ground beef prices have jumped 10 per cent this year to an all-time high of $3.808 per pound in April, according to the Bureau of Labor.
Cargill Inc's sales of finely textured beef have tripled since March 2012, and the agriculture company now has about 400 customers for the product, which is made from trimmings that have been separated from fat and treated with ammonia or citric acid to kill pathogens, the Lincoln Journal Star reported on Saturday.
That's more customers than Minneapolis-based Cargill had before the controversy erupted after ABC News aired a series of reports on the meat, prompting a consumer backlash, according to Cargill director of communications Mike Martin. Sales, however, are still 40 per cent below their peak, he said.
Jeremy Jacobsen, a spokesman for Beef Products Inc, which dubs its meat 'lean finely textured beef', also confirmed a sales boost. Both companies didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mr Jacobsen said his lawyers advised him not to comment further pending the outcome of the Dakota Dunes, South Dakota-based company's $1.2billion defamation lawsuit against ABC, which accused the network of misleading consumers into thinking the product is unsafe....
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Hey, don’t be dissin’ my Spam. That there is some good eatin’.
Things get bad enough we’ll return to head cheese and tripe.
I eat Spam, too, home skillet, I didn’t be dissin’ it, blood.
Pink slime. I guess they’ve eaten at our govt cafeteria.
Dead people - the other pink meat!
The wife’s from Filthydelphia, so we eat Scrapple.
And no one notices how people are being manipulated/priced away from actual real food....
Projectile vomiting reached new depths from my gizzards.
SO funny! 14 year old Vienna Sausage!
They always come back for the controversial meat.
Eat yer slime, dang it. Starving children in, I dunno, New Guinea would LOVE to have that slime! Oh, wait, they eat people there, don't they? Never mind.
queue scene from 1984 cafeteria scene.
Aged like fine Scotch?
I told my wife a couple years ago,before Obama finishes his second term a lot of people will be eating dog food.
Besides the name - there is nothing wrong with “pink slime.” its just beef - albeit the tiny pieces that get stuck to bones, etc... A
Among its many attributes, capitalism and free markets are the most efficient, least wasteful and most environmentally friendly way of production.
Lefties should be happy about it. Fewer cows, less cow-farts, less CO2.
ahahahaha AHAHAHAHAHAHA an EXCELLENT Photo Illustration!!!
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