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5 SRM is defined as the skull, brain, nerves attached to the brain, eyes, tonsils, spinal cord and nerves attached to the spinal cord of cattle aged 30 months or older, and the distal ileum (portion of the small intestine) of cattle of all ages. (Health Canada, 2004). SRM according to Regulation No.1774/2002 of the European Parliament: i) Cattle more than 12 months of age: the skull including the brain and eyes; the tonsils; the spinal cord; and the vertebral column except the vertebrae of the tail and the transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae, but including dorsal root ganglia. Ii) Cattle of all ages: the intestines from the duodenum to the rectum.
The product is used as a filler or to reduce the overall fat content of ground beef. It is produced by processing low-grade beef trimmings and other meat by-products such as cartilage, connective tissue and sinew, 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).[dead link] The heating process liquefies the fat and facilitates the separation of lean beef from the fat[dead link] and other meat by-products. The recovered beef material is then processed, heated, and treated with gaseous ammonia or citric acid to kill E. coli, salmonella, and other bacteria. When gaseous ammonia is used, after coming in contact with water in the meat, it forms into ammonium hydroxide. The product is finely ground, compressed into pellets or blocks, flash frozen and then shipped for use as an additive.
Originally posted by BMorris
reply to post by LightSpeedDriver
Its actually called mechanically seperated meat, and the reason its banned in the UK (and the rest of Europe), due to legislation passed in 2004, is because it was considered the main vector for BSE infections. It is also not permitted to use it in pet food, or animal feed either.
While its true that the UK was the first country to identify cases of BSE, we didn't technically "give" you BSE (mad cow disease). You got it the same way we did, re-feeding cattle with MSM's. It just took longer to identify it in your own cattle stocks, and it became politically expedient to blame the UK.
It has been of some mirth to me, that despite knowing its a major vector in BSE and CJD, you continued to produce and consume it.
I am sorry that the people working for that processor are now, basically, unemployed, and at Christmas too, but I am glad the processor has gone out of business.
An EU decision to reclassify a type of minced meat widely used in the UK played a significant part in creating the horsemeat crisis, a former Food Standards Agency senior scientist says. Desinewed meat was a key ingredient in value items such as pies, lasagne and other processed beef products. Dr Mark Woolfe said the decision to ban it last year had prompted producers to go outside the UK to source supplies of cheap mince.