Does Taco Bell use pink slime?

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asked Dec 1, 2021 in Other-Food Drink by Lanie822 (870 points)
Does Taco Bell use pink slime?

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answered Dec 4, 2021 by DobberK (910 points)
Taco bell no longer uses pink slime.

Pink slime (also known as lean finely textured beef or LFTB, finely textured beef, or boneless lean beef trimmings or BLBT) is a meat by-product used as a food additive to ground beef and beef-based processed meats, as a filler, or to reduce the overall fat content of ground beef.

At Taco bell they use 100 percent USDA premium beef in their seasoned beef.

Taco bell prepares it much the same way you prepare taco meat at home: after simmering, it is drained of excess fat and pre-seasoned with our signature blend of 7 authentic seasonings and spices.

How can you tell if ground beef has pink slime?

Simply look for terms like “lean finely textured beef” (LFTB), “textured beef,” “finely textured beef” or “boneless lean beef trimmings” (BLBT).

“Finely textured beef” is perhaps the most common name for what would otherwise be called “pink slime” today, according to meat packer Cargill.

McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Burger King announce they no longer use pink slime in their menu items.

ABC's Jim Avila airs a story on meat processor Beef Products reporting that 70% of ground beef at supermarkets contains "lean finely textured beef," as the company calls it.

It turns out that McDonald's nuggets have actually been pink slime-free since 2003 when they switched over to all white, non-mechanically separated chicken parts, but the Golden Arches' burgers still contained a beef variety of the "pink slime."

And Burger King and Taco Bell were using the mechanically separated beef.

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