Gerald Zirnstein first coined the term “pink slime” in a memo to his bosses at the USDA when he advised them to not allow these trimmings in human food. As we know, the USDA is an organization that is easily persuaded by lobbyists and big business, like all of US government. His boses told the scientists, hired by the USDA to protect our food and health, that pink slime would be allowed and it didn’t require disclosure.
Pink Slime USDA Certified Meat
Gerald, now a whistleblower, claims that 70% of our ground beef in the grocery store contains pink slime. As a scientist, he knows it’s not good for us. Gerald grinds his own meat at home.
A Corrupt USDA
ABC News has learned the woman who made the decision to OK the mix is a former undersecretary of agriculture, Joann Smith. It was a call that led to hundred of millions of dollars for Beef Products Inc., the makers of pink slime.
When Smith stepped down from the USDA in 1993, BPI’s principal major supplier appointed her to its board of directors, where she made at least $1.2 million over 17 years.