Cattle parts 'too contaminated for human consumption' in 70 percent of beef

"Reporters seemed as compelled and repelled as consumers by the realization that trimmings 'made from cattle parts once considered too contaminated for human consumption" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3/20/12) can now be found in some 70 percent of beef sold in the U.S.--that is, after "slow cooking, a trip through a centrifuge and an ammonia hydroxide spray to kill germs turn the once-inedible fat and connective tissue into a pink gelatin-like substance."

Source: Janine Jackson, “Putting Consumers Back in Their Place,” Extra!, August, 2012, 11. Available at: [verified 4/18/14]

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