Is “pink slime” used in supermarket hamburger in Canada?

This “beef product” is currently in question regarding Taco Bell. But it appears to be widespread and extremely unhealthful. I’d like to avoid it. Is it used in grocery store ground beef and can it be used in Canada?



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    Pink slime seems to be prevalent in the United States, and mainly in the fast food industry. There are inferences that pink slime can be found in Canada but it is very vague.

    There is actually a blog on the whole subject of whether or not pink slime is in Canada. The answers seem unclear.

    Here is the blog:

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    Pink slime is the fatty slaughterhouse trimmings added to most U.S. ground meat. It’s “the cheapest, least desirable beef on offer — fatty sweepings from the slaughterhouse floor, which are notoriously rife with pathogens like E. coli 0157 and antibiotic-resistant salmonella” used an an additive in over 70% of U.S ground beef. Beef Products, Inc., or BPI, has developed a system that grinds the scraps of meat products into a paste that is then added to most ground beef. BPI is looking to expand its market share and has released a statement saying that:

    The ultimate goal is to have our products incorporated in all ground beef and other further processed meats produced in the United States. Our products can also be found in Canada, Mexico, and Japan with expansion plans for Central America, Europe, and Pacific Rim countries.

    Although it is the goal of BPI to infiltrate the Canadian market, the actual precedence of pink slime in Canada remains vague. Keep posted on Jo’s blog: Today she emailed Health Canada to ask them what the policy is in this country with regard to pink slime.

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    According to Heather Travis, the director of public relations for Canada Beef, “pink slime” and ammonium hydroxide are not used in ground beef in Canada. They do not use ammonia in ground beef to kill e.coli 0157:H7 and it has not been approved for use in packing plants by Health Canada,” Travis wrote in an email. Although ammonium salts are approved for use in some foods by Heath Canada, and ammonium hydroxide is endorsed for many foods by the World Heath Organization, Travis said “pink slime” is not used in Canada.

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