Boneless lean beef trimmings is a safe and wholesome product

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Washington, DC -- “Boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT) is a safe, wholesome and nutritious form of beef that is made by separating lean beef from fat.  To make the product, beef companies use beef trimmings, the small cuts of beef that remain when larger cuts are trimmed down.  These trimmings are USDA inspected, wholesome cuts of beef that contain both fat and lean and are nearly impossible to separate using a knife.  When these trimmings are processed, the process separates the fat away and the end result is nutritious, lean beef.  It’s a process similar to separating cream from milk.

One process uses food grade ammonium hydroxide gas, something commonly used in the production of many foods, to destroy bacteria.  Whatever process is used, it is all done under the watchful eye of USDA inspectors and according to strict federal rules.  Lean finely textured beef is blended into foods like ground beef.  Producing BLBT ensures that lean, nutritious, safe beef is not wasted in a world where red meat protein supplies are decreasing while global demand is increasing as population and income increases.

Some recent media reports created a troubling and inaccurate picture, particularly in their use of the colloquial term 'pink slime.'  The fact is, BLBT is beef.  The beef trimmings that are used to make BLBT are absolutely edible.  In fact, no process can somehow make an inedible meat edible;  it’s impossible.  In reality, the BLBT production process simply removes fat and makes the remaining beef more lean and suited to a variety of beef products that satisfy consumers’ desire for leaner foods.

In fact, BLBT is a sustainable product because it recovers lean meat that would otherwise be wasted. The beef industry is proud to efficiently produce as much lean meat as possible from the cattle we raise.   It’s the right thing to do and it ensures that our products remain as affordable as we can make them while helping to feed America and the world.”

Consumers with questions are encouraged to visit .  For information on the use of ammonium hydroxide in other foods, click here.

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Tom R    
The Villages FL  |  March, 13, 2012 at 06:29 PM

The kicker for me was the "other stuff" beef parts, sinew, etc. included.

NM  |  March, 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM

And what is wrong with the 'Other Stuff'? Our distant ancestors ate every part of the animal including the bone marrow, and used the skin for clothing and shelter and the bones for tools and weapons. Had they not done this, none of us would be speculating about the BS dangers of this and that as we are today. As strict as t6he FDA is about everything that we consume, often to the point of overkill, do you really believe that they would approve of this process if it was not both beneficial and safe. You, as are a massive number of people are 'reactives', making gross judgements with little or no facts. The USA has become largely a society of uninformed screamers. What a shame.

Chad L    
Emerson NE  |  March, 28, 2012 at 01:18 PM

Go to to get information on BLBT. This is a 100% beef product that is safe and wholesome with a 30 year safe track record. Not 1 case of food born illness while serving over 300 billion meals!

September, 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM

"The beef trimmings that are used to make BLBT are absolutely edible." - President J. Patrick Boyle Mr. President, why don't you create a youtube video showing everyone how YOU consume such by-product, so at least someone takes you seriously? Otherwise you are - talking head. Blah-blah-blah... Hypocrite.

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