Cleaning Up the Slime: Science and Substantiation
February 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (CDT)
Misinformation in the public domain can have considerable negative effects on the US economy. Consequences are more calamitous in the current landscape of high unemployment rates and increases in the number of individuals at the poverty level. As a result of the misinformation regarding lean finely textured beef (LFTB), there was a loss of approximately 600 jobs, and adverse effects on the overall beef industry. Current estimates are that the story on “pink slime” potentially cost the US $400 million.
Lean finely textured beef, which is also referred to as “pink slime” has been included in ground beef used by grocery stores, restaurants, and USDA’s school lunch program for over a decade. This webinar will explore the rigorous scientific testing, food processing, and economics of LFTB.