Read here for answer.
The meat industry is calling this "boneless lean bone trimmings" (BLBT), which obviously sounds more appealing than "pink slime."
Regardless of what you call it, I don't think I like it.
What's more, the government official who OK'ed all this has personally profited handsomely from it:
ABC News WroteColonABC News has learned the woman who made the decision to OK the mix is a former undersecretary of agriculture, Joann Smith. It was a call that led to hundred of millions of dollars for Beef Products Inc., the makers of pink slime.
When Smith stepped down from the USDA in 1993, BPI’s principal major supplier appointed her to its board of directors, where she made at least $1.2 million over 17 years.
I don't think I was that aware of all this until I read the breaking news today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing that, starting this fall, schools will be able to choose whether or not they buy hamburger that contains pink slime. Then I hunted down the linked article above, which came out last week from ABC news network.
I did watch Food Inc., which I understand mentions pink slime, but I didn't remember that part from the documentary. I guess it's time to watch Food Inc. again.
Apparently, the only sure way to avoid ingesting this stuff (at least in the U.S.) is to give up ground beef entirely, or only buy ground beef that is stamped "USDA organic."
Yet another reason for me to shop at Whole Foods (a supermarket listed as not selling products containing pink slime).