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Beef trimmings dubbed 'pink SLIME' can now be labelled 'ground beef'

Accepted submission by Anonymous Coward at 2019-02-15 10:54:23
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https://newfoodeconomy.org/bpi-pink-slime-ground-beef-usda-reclassifed/ [newfoodeconomy.org]

Beef Products Inc. (BPI), the South Dakota-based meat processing company at the center of 2012’s “pink slime” controversy, just won a long-sought semantic victory. For years, the company has argued that its signature product is safe, wholesome, and not unlike everyday burger meat. Now, BPI has enlisted a powerful ally in its effort to recoup its image and reclassify its product: the federal government.

After a months-long evaluation, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) determined in December that BPI’s signature product—the offering famously called “pink slime” in an ABC News exposé that got the network in a lot of trouble—can be labeled “ground beef.” Legally speaking, it’s now no different from ordinary hamburger, and could even be sold directly to the public.


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