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No Pink Slime at Trader Joe's!

Started 1332219228.93 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1332439925.08 by caligrl

Here is Trader Joe's response to an email I sent them inquiring about pink slime in their ground beef.

Thanks for the email. We have been receiving lots of inquiries as a result of this information that's circulating. The "pink slime" referred to is ground up beef that has been treated with ammonia hydroxide.

Please be reassured that this is not something that would be permitted in our products--NO pink slime. Our ground beef (and other items with beef) is 100% pure beef with nothing added. We only work with reputable suppliers, many of which are actually generally much smaller in comparison to other markets, just so that we can ensure the quality and integrity of our products. We also have third party audits of our products and vendor facilities to ensure that our standards are met.

At Trader Joe's, food safety is of the utmost importance, and we take seriously the work done to ensure our products are wholesome and safe; after all, we're customers, too - and we would not sell anything we would not eat, drink, or use ourselves.

I hope this helps!
Regards,
Kerry
Customer Relations

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raven-blac­kbird1332220809.89314708 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009California

for meat eaters............that's good to hear.......................raven

"Polite conversation is rarely either."
Fran Lebowitz

straitgirl1332221687.0821947 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

Don't think I'll take the chance.

caligrl1332222283.349049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

dubll20111332296302.0232120 PostsRegistered 2/1/2005

Caligrl, that photo of your cat is priceless! I have 3 cats myself.

Decide if you're a Tigger or an Eeyore.
From "The Last Lecture"
Randy Pausch 1960-2008

biancardi1332296450.55347273 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005

I am glad that I don't really care for ground beef after reading and listening to these reports of "pink slime". Of course, that makes informal outdoor get togethers more difficult, cause I have avoided hot dogs for years. Now I can add hamburgers to that list as well. I guess a chicken breast is the way to go...

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair. Douglas Adams

Missey11332296672.953174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA
On 3/20/2012 biancardi said:

I am glad that I don't really care for ground beef after reading and listening to these reports of "pink slime". Of course, that makes informal outdoor get togethers more difficult, cause I have avoided hot dogs for years. Now I can add hamburgers to that list as well. I guess a chicken breast is the way to go...


Nope, chicken is dipped in chlorine then injected with salt. You need to buy organic, air dried chicken to avoid the chemicals. Sad state of affairs isn't it?

aubnwa011332296785.146924 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004Cortaro, AZ

Here's a list I found of which stores do & don't sell/use it:

http://gioiadegenaars.hubpages.com/hub/Supermarkets-and-Pink-Slime-BLBT-Who-has-it

"Always Be A Little Kinder Than Necessary"-James M. Barrie

biancardi1332296967.06747273 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005
On 3/20/2012 Missey1 said:
On 3/20/2012 biancardi said:

I am glad that I don't really care for ground beef after reading and listening to these reports of "pink slime". Of course, that makes informal outdoor get togethers more difficult, cause I have avoided hot dogs for years. Now I can add hamburgers to that list as well. I guess a chicken breast is the way to go...


Nope, chicken is dipped in chlorine then injected with salt. You need to buy organic, air dried chicken to avoid the chemicals. Sad state of affairs isn't it?

I guess bottled water and pick some greens from someone's backyard garden will have to do!

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair. Douglas Adams

tansy1332297193.10327886 PostsRegistered 4/19/2005
Thanks, aubnwa, for the list.

An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness *** Margaret Atwood.

september1332297203.61317826 PostsRegistered 6/29/2007

Thank you for the update. I was in Trader Joe's today, and didn't need any ground beef, but I thought about this issue while I was in the meat dept.

We've always liked the Kansas City Steakburgers (buy them from QVC or directly from the Co), and I think I'll check to see if they use this gunk.

Noel71332297275.95734868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

Thanks so much for that information!

I usually buy my grass-fed ground beef from TJoe's.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

biancardi1332297389.23347273 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005

I was listening to CSPAN this morning and because more and more grocery stores are given prepackage ground beef, there is no way to determine if they have pink slime in it.

The best way - buy a chuck roast and have the grocery store grind it for you or invest in a meat grinder yourself.

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair. Douglas Adams

Noel71332297515.10334868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

Or buy meat from a local ranch.

We have a couple of small ranches around here with good reps and I buy their's when I see it.

"Oh, mother country, I do love you."
John Stewart

biancardi1332297646.74347273 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005
On 3/20/2012 Noel7 said:

Or buy meat from a local ranch.

We have a couple of small ranches around here with good reps and I buy their's when I see it.

I was totally grossed out this morning while listening to cspan. The callers had some pretty horrific stories as well. I try to buy range free, organic, but "range free" is not regulated - so it could just mean that the animal has access to the outdoors....

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair. Douglas Adams

Missey11332297827.9333174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA
On 3/20/2012 biancardi said:
On 3/20/2012 Noel7 said:

Or buy meat from a local ranch.

We have a couple of small ranches around here with good reps and I buy their's when I see it.

I was totally grossed out this morning while listening to cspan. The callers had some pretty horrific stories as well. I try to buy range free, organic, but "range free" is not regulated - so it could just mean that the animal has access to the outdoors....


Yes I think you are right. I wonder if Bison/Venison have the same issues.

JJsMom1332346255.80319954 PostsRegistered 10/25/2007
On 3/20/2012 biancardi said:
On 3/20/2012 Missey1 said:
On 3/20/2012 biancardi said:

I am glad that I don't really care for ground beef after reading and listening to these reports of "pink slime". Of course, that makes informal outdoor get togethers more difficult, cause I have avoided hot dogs for years. Now I can add hamburgers to that list as well. I guess a chicken breast is the way to go...


Nope, chicken is dipped in chlorine then injected with salt. You need to buy organic, air dried chicken to avoid the chemicals. Sad state of affairs isn't it?

I guess bottled water and pick some greens from someone's backyard garden will have to do!


Meat really grosses me out these days. I've been trying to eat more vegetarian/vegan dishes. You'd be surprised at how delicious vegan cooking can be.

chrystaltr­ee1332346761.3213052 PostsRegistered 5/10/2010

I suppose we can only take their word for it. However, this whole thing makes me very happy that I don't eat red meat, I haven't for several years. But I'm not naive, I know that poultry and fish have their version of pink slime too. It just hasn't been widely publicized yet.

Love Roses1332348569.8110663 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007
On 3/19/2012 PinkSugar said:

Don't think I'll take the chance.

Me too. Here TJ's is owned by a foreign country/company - China. Just can't entirely believe a form letter yet. Will take time.

Greatly enjoy the cat photo Caligirl.

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Missey11332350526.6973174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA
On 3/21/2012 Love Roses said:
On 3/19/2012 PinkSugar said:

Don't think I'll take the chance.

Me too. Here TJ's is owned by a foreign country/company - China. Just can't entirely believe a form letter yet. Will take time.

Greatly enjoy the cat photo Caligirl.

Are you saying that Trader Joes is owned by a Chinese company. Where did you get your information. They are not a franchise, so all are owned by the same person.

reiki6041332351734.031628 PostsRegistered 10/22/2008nyc

According to Wikipedia, Trader Joe's is owned by a trust set up by a German businessman.

Love me my Trader Joe's

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Love Roses1332352309.3110663 PostsRegistered 1/10/2007
On 3/21/2012 reiki604 said:

According to Wikipedia, Trader Joe's is owned by a trust set up by a German businessman.

Love me my Trader Joe's

This is new info for me. I do know that a while back it was foreign owned and we just couldn't get past that as we want products to be fresh and pass certain inspections. Thanks for the info as it's always wise to know where things are made, how they are processed, what's put in them, and what is safe or not.

Never Forget - The Native American Indian Holocausts!

caligrl1332352617.5539049 PostsRegistered 7/17/2008

Pink Slime would be the least of my worries if I ate meat {#emotions_dlg.scared}

JJsMom1332353033.88719954 PostsRegistered 10/25/2007

Do you know if Trader Joe's ground beef comes from the same animal?

I thought the reason for pink slime (using ammonia) was to kill e.coli and other bacteria because so many different cows were mixed together.

Does this mean their meat is more likely to be contaminated with e.coli?

Missey11332354398.4373174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA
On 3/21/2012 JJsMom said:

Do you know if Trader Joe's ground beef comes from the same animal?

I thought the reason for pink slime (using ammonia) was to kill e.coli and other bacteria because so many different cows were mixed together.

Does this mean their meat is more likely to be contaminated with e.coli?


1. I doubt it comes from the same animal.

2. I think it, ammonia, is used to kill bacteria. But it is the other scraps they are grinding up to put in the hamburger also.

3. No. Most ground meat has the potential to have bacteria in it. That is why well cooked is recommended.

Buy organic. There should be no additives in organic meat.

JJsMom1332354747.5819954 PostsRegistered 10/25/2007
On 3/21/2012 Missey1 said:
On 3/21/2012 JJsMom said:

Do you know if Trader Joe's ground beef comes from the same animal?

I thought the reason for pink slime (using ammonia) was to kill e.coli and other bacteria because so many different cows were mixed together.

Does this mean their meat is more likely to be contaminated with e.coli?


1. I doubt it comes from the same animal.

2. I think it, ammonia, is used to kill bacteria. But it is the other scraps they are grinding up to put in the hamburger also.

3. No. Most ground meat has the potential to have bacteria in it. That is why well cooked is recommended.

Buy organic. There should be no additives in organic meat.


Reading TJ's statement, it sounds like they are just saying they don't add ammonia. It doesn't mean they don't use scraps or that it doesn't come from hundreds, if not thousands, of different cows. That would concern me too.

I don't buy ground beef, period, whether organic or not. Organic just means the cow was fed organic feed, right? It could still also come from many cows in one package.

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