Melanie Wong | Feb 10, 201907:57 PM     13

" . . . Though ABC made the term 'pink slime' famous, the network didn’t actually coin it. The term originated with a USDA microbiologist, David Zirnstein, who used it in a 2002 email to agency staff. According to a 2009 report from The New York Times’s Michael Moss—part of a series of articles on food safety in the ground beef industry that would ultimately earn him a Pulitzer Prize—Zirnstein was troubled by the production method. 'I do not consider the stuff to be ground beef, and I consider allowing it in ground beef to be a form of fraudulent labeling,' he wrote in the email, according to Moss’s report. . . "

But now USDA allows it to be labeled as "ground beef".

Abc News Called It Pink Slime. Now, Usda Says It Can Be Labeled Ground Beef. New Food Economy

On the semantics of a product that scandalized America—and is now on a comeback tour.

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