pink slime

GMO, “Pink Slime” and Labeling Transparency

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 25, 2013

Earlier this month, the New York Times‘ editorial board published an editorial entitled “Labels for Controversial Ingredients.”  In it, the Times mentioned the recent failure of a Washington State ballot initiative which would have mandated labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMO) and then stated: Instead of requiring labels by law, it makes sense to let […]

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I’m Profiled Today in Beyond Chron!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 29, 2013

As you may know from the many times I link to her writing on TLT’s Facebook page, Dana Woldow of PEACHSF (Parents, Educators & Advocates Connect ion for Healthy School Food) writes a regular and informative column in Beyond Chron, an online daily in San Francisco, in which she tackles all manner of food-related topics, […]


Back in December I told you that Bruce Smith, a former environmental health and safety officer at Beef Products Inc., filed a pro se lawsuit in Nebraska state court against me, ABC News, Jim Avila, Diane Sawyer and Jamie Oliver.   In his complaint, Mr. Smith claimed to have suffered the negligent infliction of emotional distress due to the […]


Yesterday I learned that Bruce Smith, a former environmental health and safety officer at Beef Products Inc., has filed a pro se lawsuit in Nebraska state court relating to last spring’s controversy over BPI’s lean, finely textured beef product.  I’m one of the named defendants, along with ABC News, Jim Avila, Diane Sawyer and Jamie Oliver. […]


School Districts Just Say No to LFTB

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 5, 2012

For much of March and April, The Lunch Tray was dominated by the issue of “lean finely textured beef,” i.e., a beef filler made from heated and ammoniated slaughterhouse scraps and popularly referred to as “pink slime.” As you know, on March 6th I launched a petition here on the blog which asked USDA […]


4/4: Latest LFTB Link Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 4, 2012

LFTB posts worth reading from the last few days: A beef processor which makes LFTB files for bankruptcy.  Food Safety News has more. ABC’s Jim Avila and Appetite for Profit‘s Michele Simon go right after BPI’s safety claims. Iowa governor Terry Branstad, who has called for a Congressional probe of the “smear campaign” against LFTB, sends a letter to fellow governors seeking support […]


Over the last few weeks, a pro-LFTB commenter named Tiffany has left numerous wall posts on TLT’s Facebook page and when I finally wrote my belated response to her this morning, it seemed worth posting here since many pro-LFTB commenters on this blog have raised similar concerns.  For those who wish to see the exchange referenced […]


A Message – and a Warning — to Commenters

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 3, 2012

Despite the fact that this is a personal blog and I have absolutely no obligation to provide readers with a forum for free expression, my approach from Day One has been to welcome dissent here so long as it is civilly expressed.  And in almost two years of blogging I have had to censor, at […]


Readers who’ve long been following the beef industry’s response to the controversy surrounding lean finely textured beef (LFTB, commonly known as “pink slime”) will remember the first website and Twitter hash tag marshaled in defense of the product: “pinkslimeisamyth.” But within a few days someone on the BPI crisis response team apparently decided to ditch that […]

{ 35 comments }, a meat industry online publication, reports today that USDA has received and approved voluntary requests from meat purveyors to disclose on product packaging the inclusion of lean, finely textured beef. is a members-only site but the relevant excerpt of the post reads as follows: USDA has agreed to approve requests by ground beef product […]