– 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.