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Links of the Day:

– Wegmans says 1.5 million more cows will be killed because it is no longer using lean finely-trimmed beef, otherwise known as “pink slime.” In a hugely defensive blog post, Mary Ellen Burris says the company wasn’t trying to deceive customers when it originally denied it used pink slime. Wegmans made a distinction between trimmings treated with ammonia and trimmings treated with citric acid:

The customer comments about “pink slime” have really upset us.  They felt we were not honest in our responses to their question “does your ground beef have pink slime?”  Could we have handled this better?  We are so sorry that people felt betrayed.   However, at no time were we trying to mislead or duck the issue.


We delayed in joining the parade of retailers ceasing its use because we hate waste…The American Meat Institute estimates that the loss of this added lean beef (not pink slime or an additive or a filler) means that approximately 1.5 million additional head of cattle will have to be harvested annually to make up the difference. This is not a good use of natural resources or modern technology, in a world where red meat consumption is rising and available supply is declining (as I wrote in my blog three weeks ago).

Wegmans has made no secret it thinks the pink slime controversy is ridiculous and sensational. Companies should disclose they are using this product, but as I blogged about last week, the pink slime issue seems overblown.

– Former Mayor William Johnson had an op-ed published in the Orlando Sentinel about Trayvon Martin. He wrote Rochester has strong ties to Sanford, Florida. He said this country still has a long way to go with race relations.

– Downtown Buffalo is getting a casino. It’s a giant parking lot.

– Moms pre-chew food for their babies. It’s a thing, apparently.

4 Responses to Pink Slime Pushback

  1. Ooooo! I like their argument. Sensible, logical, fact driven, yet tugging at the heart strings of the same people up in arms about the pink slime “oh but what about all those poor, poor steer?” (cows, while sometimes used, are generally for dairy or breeding.)

  2. March 28, 2012 at 8:46 am Tim Kampas responds:

    Fun with numbers. 1.5 million more cows. People will eat less if the price is higher. I doubt that number is correct.

    I think the real question is…where is the pink slim going now….dog food?

  3. March 28, 2012 at 9:57 am James Simons responds:

    The downtown Seneca casino in Buffalo will be a great test subject for Rochester. Everyone who wants a full sized casino in downtown Rochester pay close attention. I highly doubt downtown Buffalo will boom as a result of this casino. In fact, I suspect it might suffer the opposite.

    You’d think they are using the same developer as Windstream. Upstate cities sure are settling for boring, pathetic buildings for major downtown projects. Are local city governments giving up and just willing to accept anything that comes downtown?

  4. March 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm Lynn E responds:

    The use of “pink slime” only goes back to the middle of the Bush Administration. Was there a decrease in cattle deaths for meat after pink slime was okayed for use in beef?

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