Archive for March, 2012

Lean Finely Textured Beef… AKA Pink Slime

March 27, 2012

Now people need to go after Monsanto and their Deadly GMO foods. And also go after high fructose corn syrup and MSG (and ingredients of MSG) made products.–abc-news.html

On the video, pay close attention to how the gas makes the beef. (Gas makes Beef?).

Also pay attention to how management answers the questions without really saying anything except threats. Who threatens like that if all is on the level?

After two weeks of no comments, Beef Products Inc., the maker of “lean, finely textured beef,” a product now known by the critics’ term for it, “pink slime,” came out swinging today during a news conference to announce the temporary closing of several facilities.

The company said that it was suspending all operations at three of its four plants in Texas, Kansas and Iowa. Its headquarters in Sioux City, S.D., would remain.

It said today that it would continue to pay its workers for 60 days as it launches a public relations program designed to restore confidence in its product.

“After that 60-day period is over, if we haven’t been able to resume operations again by then, we believe we won’t have a decision other than to formally terminate those employees’ employment,” said Rich Jochum, the company’s corporate administrator.

The company blamed social media and news organizations, specifically ABC News, for what it called a gross misrepresentation of its product and process.

“What should we label it? It’s 100 percent beef,” asked Regina Roth, the company’s executive vice president. “What do you want us to label it? I’m not prepared to say it’s not beef because it’s 100 percent beef.”

She said that the company would “attack” the misconceptions in consumers’ minds through social media.

“What we’re going through is not something any other companies want to … have to endure,” Roth said.

Two former scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture who reviewed the product advised against using it in ground beef and told ABC News that it was not the same as ground beef.

“It’s not fresh ground beef. It’s a cheap substitute being added in,” microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein said.

The scientists added that the filler was not as nutritious as ground beef, though the company disputed that. An industry website noted that a side-by-side comparison of nutrition labels showed “90 percent lean beef trimmings and 90 percent lean ground beef have substantially identical nutritional value. And all USDA certified ground beef [with or without lean finely textured beef] found in your grocery store is considered to be a good or excellent source of 10 essential nutrients including protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins.”

The low-grade trimmings used to produce lean, finely textured beef come from the parts of the cow most susceptible to contamination, often close to the hide, which is highly exposed to fecal matter. But because of the treatment of the trimmings – after they have been simmered in low heat, separating fat and tissue using a centrifuge, they are sprayed with ammonia gas to kill germs – the USDA says it’s safe to eat.

Last week, Kroger, Safeway, SUPERVALU and Food Lion announced today that they would no longer carry the product because of consumer concerns. Walmart and Sam’s Club also announced they would start offering beef that does not contain lean finely textured beef.

The USDA has said that in the fall, schools will be able to choose whether or not they buy hamburger that contains the lean finely textured beef.


Carl’s Jr is still using MSG (they just don’t want you to know)

March 21, 2012

This is an older post I found on the internet from 2001. Last night (March 20, 2012) I was up and miserable all night and I speculated it was the burger I had from Carl’s Jr. Again, their website shows no MSG (still).

Carl’s Jr. posts “nutritional info” on their website, but not ingredients. They sent me a booklet listing all the ingredients of their menu items (and for Green Burrito). They’re just as bad, if not worse, than McDonalds, Burger King, Jack in the Box, et al. Interestingly, they indicate some of the items as *(contains glutamate) [that notation and “monosodium glutamate” are in bold type]; but of course they do not do that for all of the glutamate sources, mainly some hydrolyzed proteins.

My mom had a bad reaction to a Carl’s Jr. burger w/BBQ sauce on it (hours in the bathroom), and she doesn’t consider herself sensitive to MSG. Here is a sampling:

*Beef Sirloin Flap Steak
Tenderized with a solution of Ficin and/or Bromelin. Marinated with up to 7% of a solution of water, salt, natural beef flavor (hydrolyzed corn, wheat, soy protein (contains glutamate), autolyzed yeast (contains glutamate), maltodextrin, and beef broth), garlic powder, sodium tripolyphosphate, dextrose, hydrolyzed corn gluten, hydrolyzed wheat gluten, sugar, spice extractives.

*Chicken Stars
Chicken, water, seasoning [modified food starch, salt, sodium phosphate, hydrolyzed milk protein, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein (contains glutamate)], food starch modified.
BREADED WITH: enriched wheat flour (niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yeast, dextrose, and iodized salt.
BATTERED WITH: water, bleached wheat flour, food starch modified, sugar, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), salt, spices, buttermilk solids, dried whole eggs, soy flour, dextrose, and garlic powder.
PREDUSTED WITH: bleached wheat flour, durum flour, salt, vital wheat gluten, spices, garlic powder, soybean oil, and natural flavor. Breading set in hot soybean oil.

Beef, water, tomato paste, seasoning (spices, yellow corn flour, dehydrated onion, salt, soy protein isolate, garlic powder), chili powder (chili pepper, cumin, salt, garlic and oregano), masa flour (corn treated with lime water and specially ground, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin), salt, autolyzed yeast extract (contains glutamate), paprika, spices.

Sauce, BBQ
1/2 Gallon
Corn sweeteners, water, tomato paste, prepared mustard, natural flavor, salt, vinegar, onions, garlic, spices, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (preservative), propylene glycol, alginate, lemon juice, potassium sorbate (preservative), thiamine hydrochloride, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, dextrose.
*1 oz Cup
Corn syrup, water, tomato paste, prepared mustard (distilled vinegar, mustard seed, salt, tumeric, spices), high fructose corn syrup, natural flavor, vinegar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, spices, hydrolyzed corn gluten and soy proteins (contains glutamate), xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (preservate), propylene glycol alginate, potassium sorbate (preservative), autolyzed yeast (contains glutamate).

Note that the BBQ sauce in gallons does not indicate (contains glutamate), yet it has two MSG potentiators (disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate) in the ingredients, in addition to natural flavor and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.