The diseased animal “at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health,” the USDA says. Officials discovered the animal at a rendering facility in central California, which they have not chosen to name. During a briefing in Washington, USDA chief veterinarian John Clifford assured reporters that the meat did not enter the food chain and the carcass will be destroyed safely. The first mad cow case in 2003, a cow from Canada shipped to the U.S., caused an extreme dip in beef exports — and some nations to restrict American beef to this day. (hat tip to Breaking News) source
» Just fine with “slime”: The above Governors (Rick Perry of Texas, Sam Brownback of Kansas, and Terry Branstad of Iowa) will be joined by Lieutenant Governors Rick Sheehy and Matt Michels, of Nebraska and South Dakota, respectively. These gubernatorial superfriends plan to tour a Beef Products Inc. plant, the last still producing the now-controversial “pink slime” beef, which is treated with ammonium hydroxide gas as a means of killing bacteria. Gov. Branstad is leading this charge, claiming that recent public outcry over the meat is unfair, and merits pushback: “They’re been a victim of a smear campaign, and I think we need to do all we can to try to counter this.”
Our customers have expressed their concerns that the use of lean finely textured beef … is something they do not want in their ground beef.A statement from grocery chain Kroger • Saying that they would no longer sell “pink slime” beef in their grocery stores. The outcry against the beef byproduct, created from leftover beef trimmings and treated with ammonia, has risen in recent months, particularly after an article from The Daily pointed out the use of the meat byproduct in school lunches. They’re one of many grocery chains to stop selling the meat of late, but some (including, most notably, Wal-Mart) continue to. Should “pink slime” be outlawed for good?
» So now we have a number on record: You may remember when we commented on Taco Bell’s impending lawsuit over the “proprietary blend” that they sell in their beef tacos. The company has since begun mounting their defense, claiming their meatish mixture is in fact 88% ground beef, 12% secret recipe. This is a big distance from the lawsuit’s allegation, which places the real beef figure at 35%. We’re waiting with baited breath on this one.