What other additives are we eating that don’t have to be labeled?
The health-conscious community has been questioning the meat industry for ages. The revelation of the widespread use of ammonia-treated beef, otherwise know as pink slime, in ground beef has reached mainstream media despite the efforts of the meat industry to keep their methods quiet. The secretive methods of meat production makes you wonder what else they might be hiding. The production of food should be transparent to the public. People should be able to easily find out what is in the food they are eating, and food production should be ethical to the point where methods and ingredients do not need to be hidden. Unfortunately, the USDA does not require ingredients such as ammonia, which is harmful in high amounts and a household cleaning product to boot, to be included on ground beef labeling because it is considered a process and not an ingredient.
The USDA essentially cares about whether or not food or its additives are harmful for human consumption. Don’t get me wrong, that is absolutely an important and essential role, food should not make you sick. But what about food additives that are just fillers? Even if they are not harmful they are not essential. People are being tricked into buying food they think is wholesome when it’s really been stretched to the point of just meeting basic requirements. Pink slime, wood pulp, and even silicon dioxide, better known as sand, are all USDA-allowed food additives that are used by the food industry to stretch their product in order increase profits. Much like a drug dealer who adds flour or baking soda to his coke, the food industry is delivering inferior products to its consumers and the USDA allows it because the fillers used are not harmful, often not even requiring the ingredients be listed on the label. Case in point: pink slime.