We used to use everything on a pig, even the squeal. That was not only considered good and sensible, but smart and environmental. Now the finicky folk are trying to make us throw it all out as waste. Is that the right idea?
I raise the issue because in Finland, Food giant Kesko has been forced to rename it meatballs "balls" because the meat that was in them was mechanically separated.
"Mechanically recovered meat cannot be described as meat. It’s mechanically separated from the bone after the parts that can be defined as meat have been removed from the carcass with a knife," said Ruokakesko’s product research manager Heta Rautpalo. Some of the company’s product range includes meatballs whose meat content has been defined as zero, according to the packaging information, even though they claim to contain pork and chicken. Rautpalo said the company isn’t looking to mislead consumers. "These balls (sic) have the equivalent of 52 percent meat. However according to current legislation, they aren’t those parts of the animal that can be described as meat," she explained.
In the world of dogs, we have idiots telling us that "dogs are wolves" (no they aren't), and that wolves only eat meat (no they don't), and that they always eat only the choicest cuts (complete nonsense).
The result is dog food that is not only more expensive, but may be less healthy as it is likely to be untested, unbalanced, and come from a lick-and-stick company that does not even make its own dog food.
Meanwhile, over in the vegetable aisle, nothing can have a spot or a bruise; every tomato, pepper, potato and eggplant has to a perfect and glistening under the sprayer. And what is happening to all that is not? Who knows!