Ya know how you can avoid mechanically tenderized beef? Don’t buy crap beef. It’s expensive to up your standards, but you’ll be glad you did.
We have no idea if this Budget Beef is mechanically tenderized, as it is visually no different than meat that doesn’t go through the process. (photo: catastrophegirl) More than a quarter of all beef sold in the U.S. is mechanically tenderized, meaning that machines with tiny little blades have been used to make the raw product more tender. But this step can also have the effect of driving surface pathogens deeper into the meat where they might not be killed during the cooking process. Since 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of six outbreaks attributable to these products. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it was going to require labels for mechanically tenderized beef. Those labeling rules have now been finalized and will go into effect a year from now.
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