Why they call it ‘pink slime’

Why they call it ‘pink slime’

Nati Harnik/Associated Press file photo
The beef by-product known as lean finely textured beef, or “pink slime,” is displayed during a plant tour of Beef Products Inc. in South Sioux City, Neb., where the product is made. Gerald Zirnstein, the microbiologist who coined the term “pink slime,” says it came to him in the spur of the moment as he was composing an email to a co-worker at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a decade ago. Although it’s been used as a filler for decades, the product became the center of controversy only after Zirnstein’s vivid moniker for it was quoted in an article in The New York Times on the safety of meat-processing methods.

Why they call it ‘pink slime’

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Nati Harnik/Associated Press file photo
The beef by-product known as lean finely textured beef, or “pink slime,” is displayed during a plant tour of Beef Products Inc. in South Sioux City, Neb., where the product is made. Gerald Zirnstein, the microbiologist who coined the term “pink slime,” says it came to him in the spur of the moment as he was composing an email to a co-worker at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a decade ago. Although it’s been used as a filler for decades, the product became the center of controversy only after Zirnstein’s vivid moniker for it was quoted in an article in The New York Times on the safety of meat-processing methods.
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