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Your Questions About Pink Slime

Nancy asks…

When did mcdonald’s start using pink slime?

Writing a research paper and I can’t find it anywhere on the web. I just need the date of when they started using the “boneless lean meat trimmings” process.
They don’t anymore, but they did use it. They used it for decades actually. Mcdonald’s food has zero integrity to begin with. Don’t suggest otherwise.

steve answers:

Pink slime is the common name for a controversial beef product. The name used in the meat industry is lean finely textured beef (LFTB)[3] and boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT).[4] It is also known by the dysphemistic slang term soylent pink.[5][6][7][8] Pink Slime is a processed beef product that was originally used in pet food and cooking oil and later approved for public consumption.[9] In 2001, The United States approved the product for limited human consumption and it was used as a food additive to ground beef and beef-based processed meats as a filler at a ratio of usually no more than 25 percent of any product. The production process uses heat in centrifuges to separate the fat from the meat in beef trimmings.[1
The product is used as a filler or to reduce the overall fat content of ground beef.[13][14] It is produced by processing low-grade beef trimmings and other meat by-products such as cartilage, connective tissue and sinew,[15][16] which contain fat and small amounts of lean beef, and mechanically separating the lean beef from the fat through the use of a centrifuge heated to approximately 100°F (38°C).[17][dead link] The heating process liquefies the fat and facilitates the separation of lean beef from the fat[17][dead link] and other meat by-products.[18] The recovered beef material is then processed, heated, and treated with gaseous ammonia[1] or citric acid to kill E. Coli, salmonella, and other bacteria.
In 1990, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) approved the use of the basic technology for manufacturing the product. Boneless beef trimmings are brought to 107–109°F (41.7–42.7°C), the fat is removed by centrifugal force, and the remaining product is flash frozen to 15°F (−9.4°C) in 90 seconds in a roller press freezer.[36] At the time, the FSIS approved calling the remaining product “meat”, although an FSIS microbiologist says it contains connective tissue, not just muscle.[23]

In 1994, due to public health concerns over pathogenic E. Coli in beef, Eldon Roth, founder of BPI, began work on the “pH Enhancement System,” which disinfects meat using injected anhydrous ammonia in gaseous form,[2][24][36] rapid freezing to 28°F (−2.2°C),[36] and mechanical stress.[36] The anhydrous ammonia sharply increases the pH and damages microscopic organisms, the freezing causes ice crystals to form and puncture the organisms’ weakened cell walls, and the mechanical stress destroys the organisms altogether.[36]

In 2001, the FSIS approved the disinfection system for the production of pink slime as an intermediate step before the product is transferred to the roller press freezer,[36] and approved the disinfected product for human consumption, as an additive.[2] The FSIS agreed with BPI’s suggestion that the ammonia was a “processing agent” that did not need to be listed on ground beef labels as an ingredient.[24][36]

Ruth asks…

What is ‘Pink slime’ and how is it approved?

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steve answers:

Pink slime is just the little bits of meat & gristle left on bones after dressing that are removed mechanically by a machine….because they are small, they have a large surface area and so are prone to pick up bacteria, so they are exposed to ammonia gas to kill any pathogens…then when the product it mixed with water, the ammonia is rinsed away as ammonium hydroxide…the resultant “pink slime” is a very low-fat beef “paste” which is added to ground beef products to reduce their average fat content.

It’s just beef.

People do not think things through very thoroughly, and have a VERY poor grasp on basic High school Chemistry & Biology, which is why there has been some controversy…if Americans were REALLY concerned about “what’s in their meat” then hot dog sales would plummet to zero! There are no eyeballs, pancreas, testicles, tongues or lungs in the “pink slime” added to reduce the fat content of hamburgers……so where do you THINK those parts go? They don’t get thrown away!

John asks…

Why does my water make pink slime?

Its Gross. What is it …specifically?

steve answers:

“Pink Slime” is an airborne bacteria called Serratia Marcescens. You normally find it in the bathroom where hairspray and other sprays are used in a poorly ventilated humid situation. It is prevalent in young children and elderly with respiratory issues. The way to combat it is to ventilate the area well and spray straight vinegar after each shower to the shower itself, the sink and toilet. The vinegar will kill the bacteria, loosen hairspray, kill mold, dissolve soap scum and attack germs. The odor of the vinegar will disappear when dry. Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serratia_marcescens

If you have a different issue directly from your pipes it could be due to old galvanized piping.

William asks…

What’s the big deal about pink slime?

Hot dogs,frankfurters and wieners are all made with pink slime. I have been eating them for 60 years and I still like a good chilly dog a few times a month. All my people live into their 80s and none of them died from pink slime poison.LOL What is your take on this subject? Do you think the sea food people want us to eat more of the poison crap they get from the dirty water?

steve answers:

The pink slime has, or had, fat in it that was not good for heart patients. And people with high cholesterol. The people were deceiving the public. The ground meat got where it tasted so bad, I quit buying it. The pink slime is not longer put in the meat according to the reports on tv. I brought some, after the reports, and there is a difference in the taste.

A lot of people have heart problems and did not need that pink slime.

Donald asks…

Steak Umms, and pink slime?

I have looked every where I know on line to find out what exactly Steak Umms frozen sandwich steaks are made from.
My fear is 100% pink slime, but I can’t find any comments or blogs or news reports. My kids like them and I would like to use them, but I want to be pink slime free, mostly because of the ammonia used to sterilize the meat renderings. Does any one know for sure what Steak Umms are made of?

steve answers:

They are made from 100% beef chuck. There are no binders or fillers added. Pink slime is only found in finely textured ground beef. It is not used in other products. Besides, the industry has been using “pink slime” in ground beef for decades and it only came to light recently. We’ve all been eating it for years without even knowing it, and it has not hurt anyone. Even the FDA says it is perfectly safe. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. You should see what goes on in the grocery store that the customer does not see. They will typically take all meats..steak…chicken breast…etc and soak it in a weak solution of clorox or ammonia before packaging it to kill bacteria and preserve it longer. In fact back in the 80′s 60 minutes caught the Food Lion chain taking meat that was expired and doing this to it then repacking it.

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Your Questions About Tablet Touch Screen Laptop

Susan asks…

what is the best convertible laptop/notebook?

I’m looking for something with a touch screen for easy access to pull down menus and such, also needs to have a long battery life and at least semi-rugged for use outdoors. Any suggestions?

steve answers:

Your touch screen requirement limits you to mostly the tablet-style laptops, few if any standard laptops have touch screens.

If your looking for a true rugged laptop that’s field ready, look at the Panasonic line of toughbooks

http://www.panasonic.com/business/toughbook/notebook-computers.asp

For a less rugged but equally well built tablets consider LEnovo (formerly IBM) ..
Http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/

Robert asks…

What is a good touch screen?

I’m looking for something to connect using USB to my laptop (15.6″, uses vista) that would be a touch screen. I want something I could attach to the back/cover of my Dell because touch screen is sooooo much easier and it’s very hard to draw on a computer with a mouse. Does anyone know of anything that might help or work at all?
I mean something like a pad or a tablet type thing. But not a separate computer.
But I want to be able to access programs like internet for example by using it.

steve answers:

Are you talking about a touch screen or digital tablet? You mention drawing that would be a tablet.
Http://www.nextag.com/digital-tablet/compare-html

Chris asks…

Tablet or Laptop for high school student?

I’m a high school student. We do have school laptops, so I could just use that for writing up my essays and reports..but ultimately I have to decide. Should I buy a new laptop or a tablet?
Thanks

steve answers:

Laptop. In college a tablet is okay for note taking if you’re comfortable typing through touch screen but in the end, laptops are much more beneficial.

Sharon asks…

Need specific win8 touch screen laptop advice/suggestions.?

I have an I pad that I love for web browsing and half my mobile gaming. I use my iPhone 4S for the other half.

I had a bad experience with android with my moto droid2 1 and 2 so id rather be on iOS. I think I had too many apps or I did something wrong, but I’m very tech savvy and ppl always come to me with their phone and computer problems. I just couldn’t imagine dealing with the amount of lag and bugs as I did with the droid. It’s like using a broken OS when it’s at it’s worst.

I need suggestions on a mini tablet like the iPad mini for on the go web browsing and gaming, and a fast non buggy tablet for browsing the web as a priority.

I’ve been thinking that Microsoft touch or what ever their iPad, might be a try but it sounds like it could be awesome and also my worst nightmare since I can’t understand and memorise the tech specs on my devices and how they compare to anything. I can barely do laptop hardware.

Any suggestions would be awesome mainly I want a mini tablet that’s super fast and won’t die on me like the droids did for the most part. I’m gonna be getting the Inspiron XPS15(insert letter here) I believe, it’s the better version of the XPS 12 and cheaper just made a year ago which is awesome cuz the only draw back is size and possibly or battery life.

-Thanks
@sedge I was looking at the nexus 7 and am very interested in it but im so scared of using anything android related now because of my horrid experiences with my two phones. I already have the worst luck with technology, so say about 9 computer repair ppl, 2 IT guys, and my close friends lol

I would love the surface for free if it was fast. The thing is i have a back injury and right now my desktop situation and available space for all my projects/hobbies make it impossible to use much.
Im stuck on a laptop on chasis of itself with fans in it since its on its last legs and lagging when it could game.

The ipad is awesome cuz i can lay down i can walk all around my room with it and its almost always in reach which is great when ur in too much pain to be able to get out of bed.

The phone should just be simple like a phone, and then the laptop is for light gaming and heavy browsing on win8 non rt. Then i just gotta fix my desktop and thats everything a tech junkie should have. And everyt

steve answers:

If you’re already getting a new Windows laptop, I wouldn’t recommend their Surface. It acts much like a laptop would, and this is reflected in the price. It is also a similar size to your iPad. Google has done a lot of development in the last two or three years, narrowing the gap between iOS and Android. Their Nexus 7 works fantastic and is a much smaller size. I’ve had one for almost a year, and it’s been great to have around. Android works much better than it used to, and the mid-size tablet is perfect for on the go and one handed use.

Betty asks…

When are touch screen laptops coming out?

steve answers:

They have been out for a while. They are called tablet PCs. They generally use a stylus and not a ipod touch/iphone type touchscreen. You could also buy a touchscreen monitor for your desktop.

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Your Questions About Google Voice

Chris asks…

Is there a way to toggle between a Google Voice number and my phone number?

I have my original number and a Google Voice number. Is there a way I can toggle between the two. For example, for work, is there a way to “turn on” or use my Google voice number and for personal, I can use my personal number? Or possibly a way to turn off Google Voice as an option. Anything?

steve answers:

Ive had google voice for years, and if you check out my question Im having some issues with that. I gave someone I just met my GV number and they knew what it was! Can you say embarrassed smh. They asked me to give them my real number and I dont really want to. Sigh

I know that you can turn GV on and off by turning off call forwarding or sending people who call your GV number straight to voicemail.

If your calling a Business Contact and you dont want them to have your real number, the only way I know of doing this is if that person left you a voice message and you press 2 to call them back, Or call them from your computer

Lisa asks…

What happens when someone calls my google voice number?

Does the mobile provider see who is calling? It seems to me that someone calls the google voice number which then calls my mobile. Should be just like call forwarding, right?

steve answers:

It’s a forwarding service if that’s how you set it up. You can also set it as a screening service. Google voice will also rings multiple phones at the same time. E.g., your cell, office and home.

You can also transfer your cell or phone number to google voice. If you do, then the caller will see your caller ID as you.

Robert asks…

How do I make outgoing calls on using my Google voice number through my home phone?

I am totally new to Google voice.. please help!

steve answers:

From your home number, call your Google Voice number. When the recording starts, press the * or the # key, not sure exactly which one. Type in your pin number and you will be provided options to call a number using your google voice number.

Sandra asks…

How can I access Google Voice as a Grand Central User?

I cannot access google voice. I CAN log into grandcentral, and I HAVE updated my account. What should I do? Grandcentral is shutting down soon, and I’d like to continue my service with Google Voice. I don’t remember the last time I was able to log into google voice.

steve answers:

Learn how to Upgrade to Google Voice from GrandCentral at http://www.google.com/support/voice/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=142029

Other helpful tips at http://www.google.com/support/voice/bin/search.py?query=grandcentral+more:help_center

John asks…

How long do I have to wait for a Google Voice Invite?

Hey, I have just recently got Google Voice On my iPhone and I tried to get an invite off Google to use it, but it told me that they are not sending out anymore at this time, and they will send me one when they are.
So I am wondering how long it will take for me to get one because I have been reading a story and it says that it is a really good app.

Thanks.

steve answers:

Yeh, I’ve been wondering about that too. I myself tried to get Google Voice account. But it seems like they are not sending any more invitations. It will be open to public soon. That time might be by this year, I suppose.

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Your Questions About Samsung Captivate

Donald asks…

Why did AT&T block the feature of the front camera for the Samsung Captivate?

The Samsung Galaxy S (which is the Captivate) has a front facing camera to do video chatting, but AT&T blocked this feature. I personally believe if they would of unabled it the Samsung Captivate would of been a WAY better cell phone then the Iphone 4g.

steve answers:

The UK and one or two of the US versions of the Galaxy S have front facing cameras and flash. At&t had theirs removed so that it wouldn’t compete with their prized iPhone 4.

Laura asks…

Which data plan would I need for the Samsung Captivate?

I’m planning on upgrading to the Samsung Captivate next month and I know I would need a data plan but I don’t know if I should get the 200MB or the 2GB data plan. I have wifi at home and I would only be using it a few times a day.

I have heard that some apps use the Internet in the background so you have to be careful with that.

steve answers:

Just get the larger plan.


Kasey C, PC guru since Apple II days
11 Android Camera Replacement Apps Reviewed
http://hubpages.com/t/13a9b9

Richard asks…

Is there a phone that is similar to the Samsung Captivate?

I am getting a Samsung Captivate, it will come out on July 18th, carried by AT&T. It runs Android 2.1, and I want to see what it’s like. Is there a phone that I can watch a review of that runs Android 2.1? Or is it not the same at all, and different with each phone? Thanks for your help!

steve answers:

The samsung captivate is at&t’s version of the samsung galaxy s which came out in europe a few weeks ago. They are the same base phone but i believe it does have a front facing camera that the captivate will not have, they look different too but run the same os, same screen super AMOLED, same processor etc

Robert asks…

How to set up voicemail for samsung captivate?

my samsung captivate rings and rings and never goes to voicemail when people call. i don’t know how to set up voicemail so when i don’t answer people can just leave a message. anybody know step by step how to set this up?

thanks :)

steve answers:

Sure… Do you want #1 Free Basic Voicemial…….. Or #2 Free Visual Voicemail…….

#1)… Open your keypad and press and hold the # 1……. Listen to instructions….. And walla.. All done….

Option #2)……. Go to the maket… Download Fusion Visual Voicemail…. Once downloaded and installed, open it… Follow instructions…. And walla…

Inbox me or tweet me (see below) if you have any issues on #1 or #2

good Luck

Sandy asks…

How to talk my parents into letting me get an iPhone4/Samsung Captivate for my birthday?

I really need a new phone and I want to upgrade to a smartphone’(:
How can I talk my parents into letting me get an iPhone4 or Samsung Captivate?
Which phone would you prefer?
By the way, I’m a Freshman Girl :P

Pleease & Thankyouu(:

steve answers:

This is how you do it. You say, parents, I need a job, will you help me get one? I need a new phone and I want to start being responsible and start learning about reality now and not wait until it’s time for me to get out of the house. That way, mon and dad, I will appreciate my phone more and it will not need an upgrade as fast as it has before when I have to pay for it. I love you mom and dad. Thanks for the advice. That’s all it takes and you will have your parents loving you so much that they may get it for you anyway. But don’t miss the point that I made about independence. You will never regret getting your own job and buying your own stuff.

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Your Questions About Most Unique Laptops

John asks…

Are sager laptops reliable?

They have some really amazing graphic card options for less when compared to alienware and asus. So are they a reliable brand? Why aren’t they reviewed by pcmag and cnet? will it last for like 4 years?

steve answers:

No It is Ok
Toshiba
If you are looking for low cost, high performance laptops, Toshiba is one of the best laptop brands to opt for. They have delivered one of best netbooks in the form of Toshiba Mini NB305 and one of the best laptops in the form of Toshiba Satellite E205. One of the most innovative laptop brands, Toshiba is a good choice when you want to make a budget choice. Even if it’s not the cheap laptop brand (2010), it certainly offers many products in the low cost range.

HP
HP was and still remains one of the biggest and best laptop computer manufacturers in the world. HP is a pioneer when it comes to bringing about innovation in laptop technology. It scores in terms of performance but has seen a dip in popularity due to its lackluster customer support. It’s the only laptop computer manufacturer company that can supply you with custom made products according to your requirements. HP still remains one of the best, despite a large amount of competition from other brands. The sheer range and variety of products makes it one of the most unique laptop brands.

Dell
If you want to buy a quality product and price is no issue, then Dell remains one of the best choices. The reason why it’s the best laptop brand 2010, in terms of quality, features and performance is its reliability. The Dell Vostro and Studio lines are some of the best in the business with a great combination of features, geared towards top performance. It is tough to single out one as the fastest laptop brand (2010), but it could be a Dell product with its power packed features. With this, we reach the end of best laptop brands list for 2010.

Sandy asks…

Which laptop brand is the best .?

steve answers:

HP
HP was and still remains one of the biggest and best laptop computer manufacturers in the world. HP is a pioneer when it comes to bringing about innovation in laptop technology. It scores in terms of performance but has seen a dip in popularity due to its lackluster customer support. It’s the only laptop computer manufacturer company that can supply you with custom made products according to your requirements. HP still remains one of the best, despite a large amount of competition from other brands. The sheer range and variety of products makes it one of the most unique laptop brands.

Dell
If you want to buy a quality product and price is no issue, then Dell remains one of the best choices. The reason why it’s the best laptop brand 2010, in terms of quality, features and performance is its reliability. The Dell Vostro and Studio lines are some of the best in the business with a great combination of features, geared towards top performance. It is tough to single out one as the fastest laptop brand (2010), but it could be a Dell product with its power packed features. With this, we reach the end of best laptop brands list for 2010.

Joseph asks…

What is the Best brand for a laptop?

I want to get a laptop but im not sure which brand name to get. Im thinking Dell or Toshiba? How long have you had ur laptop/computer?

steve answers:

HP
HP was and still remains one of the biggest and best laptop computer manufacturers in the world. HP is a pioneer when it comes to bringing about innovation in laptop technology. It scores in terms of performance but has seen a dip in popularity due to its lackluster customer support. It’s the only laptop computer manufacturer company that can supply you with custom made products according to your requirements. HP still remains one of the best, despite a large amount of competition from other brands. The sheer range and variety of products makes it one of the most unique laptop brands.

Dell
If you want to buy a quality product and price is no issue, then Dell remains one of the best choices. The reason why it’s the best laptop brand 2010, in terms of quality, features and performance is its reliability. The Dell Vostro and Studio lines are some of the best in the business with a great combination of features, geared towards top performance. It is tough to single out one as the fastest laptop brand (2010), but it could be a Dell product with its power packed features. With this, we reach the end of best laptop brands list for 2010.

Robert asks…

About IP address . Does each laptop has a unique IP number ?

Somebody stole my friend laptop … I wonder if I can find it through the IP address on internet …. I think that the internet provider allocates an IP address number , but each laptop has a unique IP . Does anyone knows if the manufacturer knows the IP of each laptop ???…..Its a TOSHIBA …

Thank you

steve answers:

The internet connection has an IP address – the laptop uses it.

The laptop’s internet adapter has a MAC (Media Access Control) address (2 of them if it has a wired and a wireless adapter), but you can’t trace that on the internet, only if you can find the computer.

Helen asks…

What is the world’s best smallest laptop?

steve answers:

Sony has some pretty unique small laptops, The new UX Micro is small and pretty interesting way of collapsing. It’s about 1.2 pounds.
Sony’s Ultra-Portable (TX) line is also pretty neat with Wireless (WIFI), Bluetooth and WWAN. A number of executives i used to work for bought up ‘em like hotcakes because they travelled a lot. The XBRITE screen is also pretty easy on the eyes. It’s about 2.5 pounds.

Http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_BrowseCatalog-Start?CategoryName=cpu_benefits_1&Dept=computers

The next best is probably the Dell line. I like the X1 a lot. It’s only 2.5 pounds as well.

Http://www.dell.com/content/products/results.aspx/notebooks?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&~ck=anav&a=14~0~40&navla=14~0~40

Good luck!

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