Gerald Zirnstein grinds his own hamburger these days. Why? Because this former United States Department of Agriculture scientist and, now, whistleblower, knows that 70 percent of the ground beef we buy at the supermarket contains something he calls âpink slime.â
âPink slimeâ is beef trimmings. Once only used in dog food and cooking oil, the trimmings are now sprayed with ammonia so they are safe to eat and added to most ground beef as a cheaper filler.
Well, gelatin is made from some pretty nasty stuff ,too. But the real scandal is about the USDA officials making decisions that benefit meat packing companies, and then leaving the USDA to get well-paid positions on the board of those same companies. In the meantime, watch people complain of the change in the taste of their favorite burgers!