Layoffs at a major beef processing plant, a boom in U.S. imports of beef, and record high prices of fresh lean beef trimmings are some of the effects of the "pink slime" controversy—the use of ammonia hydroxide-treated beef trimmings as a burger additive, known as "lean, finely textured beef" (LFTB) in the beef industry. Read more from Reuters.
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From yesterday's episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart riffs on "pink slime," the ammonia-treated beef trimmings product sometimes added to ground beef that started making headlines earlier this year when McDonald's announced their burgers would no longer use "pink slime." Since then, many supermarkets have also announced that they would no longer sell beef containing "pink slime."