Jim Cole, Associated Press
The federal government says schools can opt out of ground beef containing a filler derided by critics as "pink slime," but consumers will have more trouble avoiding it.
What the meat industry calls lean finely textured beef is almost ubiquitous in U.S. ground beef, and it isn't labeled. Meat industry experts say the only way to know for sure is to ask the grocer or spend more money for organic.
Ground beef with pink slime and ground beef without it smell the same and basically look the same. But they don't taste the same.
In an Associated Press food editor's homemade burger test Thursday, unadulterated meat was tasty and juicy with just the right texture. A pink slime burger wasn't very tasty, didn't release juices and contained bits of gristle.
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