boneless lean beef trimmings

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boneless lean beef trimmings pl (plural only)

  1. (in the meat industry, on product packaging, euphemistic) lean finely textured beef.
    • 2003, Dickson et al, Impact of pH enhancement on populations of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and Escherichia coli Ol57:H7 in boneless lean beef trimmings, in Food Protection Trends, volume 25 (2005), page 21 [1]
    • 2006, in Food engineering, volume 78, page 94 [2]:
      Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings are lean and flavorful ingredients that are essential to processing a range of lean, high-quality, and cost- effective products that millions of Americans consume every day.

Usage notes[edit]

This name is often used by manufacturers, as it connotes that the product is traditional beef and not a chemically-processed meat substitute, which is the connotation of "pink slime", the term many critics of the product use. Often written "lean, finely textured beef".