Sunday, March 11, 2012
Michelle Mystery Meat
Mmm, mmm, mmm. No, this is not the skinned carcass of a Burmese python. This is part of Michelle Obama's pledge to provide healthier choices in school cafeterias and military mess halls..
This product is fondly referred to as "pink slime." It consists of a mixture of leftover trimmings, sinew, and other beef parts culled from a cow, once the expensive and more recognizable cuts of meat have been harvested and sent to a butcher. The collection of leftovers is spun in a centrifuge to remove excess fat, washed in a disinfecting solution and then minced for use in various applications, including hamburger - 15 percent of hamburger, under USDA regulations. This is what is listed as "beef products" on pet food cans. Mmm, mmm, mmm, How is this healthy? Well, because it is treated with ammonia, to kill E. coli and salmonella. The USDA just bought seven million pounds of it. The federal school lunch program used an estimated 5.5 million pounds of the processed beef product last year alone.
People often characterize Michelle as having a "Let them eat cake" attitude. I wish.