Lean Finely Textured Beef (LTFB), more commonly referred to as “Pink Slime” is gaining more attention from the public these days. New Jersey just put a ban on the ingredient in their school system. Good for them. LFTB - which I don’t think deserves to be narrowed down to an acronym; pink slime is way more fitting - is the ingredient put into ground beef to enhance the color, preserve the meat, and eliminate bacterias from the meat. It is made from the fatty trimmings of meat, which are susceptible to e. coli and salmonella. To make these portions safe to eat the fatty trimmings are sprayed with ammonia in order to kill the bacteria. The fatty trimmings are then mixed in with “regular” untreated ground beef and put on the shelves. And there you have your good ol’ American burger. How do you like those beef patties?
(Source: The New York Times)