If you still eat ground beef in the U.S., chances are pretty high that you've consumed the gelatinous pink goo pictured above. It's called pink slime and it's in around 70% of all ground beef in the United States.
What is pink slime? In the simplest terms, it's highly-processed waste. Meat producers gather all of the inedible parts of the cow that were left after slaughter. They soak it in ammonium hydroxide and blend it into a pink goo. That goo is then mixed into the ground beef as a filler.
Why is pink slime bad? Well, not only does pink slime pose health risks by people eating food soaked in ammonium hydroxide, but there is also a danger that the ammonium hydroxide didn't do it's job. That could leave ample amounts of dangerous bacteria in the food. E Coli and salmonella are just some of the dangerous bacteria strains that can be found in ground beef.
Why do they use pink slime? Meat producers, like any other business, want more bang for their buck. They can make more profit if they pump their ground beef with fillers like pink slime. This works for the meat industry largely because the public was unaware of this practice. Now people are hearing more about pink slime and the dangers involved with it, so the practice might not be as profitable for meat producers anymore.
This is just one more instance that illustrates how the meat industry will say or do anything, even putting your health at risk, to make an extra buck. It's just one more reason to consider eating a vegetarian diet, or even eating more vegetarian meals. At the very least, educate yourself about where your food comes from so that you, and your family, aren't consuming pink fluffy waste.