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AFA Foods files for bankruptcy over “pink slime” controversy

Meat processor will sell some or all of its assets following outcry over ammonia-treated beef

Beef-processer AFA Foods is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, following recent media scrutiny of its “pink slime” meat filler.

Pink slime, which also goes by the less colorful name of “finely textured beef,” includes beef scraps and connective tissue that are separated during processing, and then added into ground beef. Since these cuts of meat may come from parts of the animal that are more susceptible to contamination by bacteria, they are treated with ammonium hydroxide.

Alanna Byrne

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