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Thread: Blue dye in raw meat from abattoir - what is it?

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    Default Blue dye in raw meat from abattoir - what is it?

    Our raw meat supply (beef mince) has had quite a lot of flecks and lumps of blue dye in it lately. What is that stuff exactly?!? It's an intense turquoise-blue colour, like methylene blue only brighter.

    I've been picking it out but can't hope to get it all. I hate to think our darling pooch might be ingesting something bad.

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    i use to work in an abattoir (in NZ) and i can tell you that we were never allowed to add anything to the meat. its the supermarket & factories where the off cuts go to make mince that add preservatives, water, hormones & all that other crap to the meat. I would go and get my meat elsewhere if i wasn't entirely happy with what my dog is eating

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    Could it be tattoo ink? I've seen chunks of meat with numbers tattooed to it in the shops.
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    Saw an item on A Current Affair just last week where a butcher was adding a liquid blue dye to his mince. It was a toxic substance and made the meat go red throughout. It is illegal and I am sure ACA would be interested to follow up their story and check your meat for you.

    From memory it made the mince all red including the fatty bits that you would normally see as white flecks in your mince. In this way they can sell fatty mince as lean because you cannot see the white flecks.
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    I have just read two things:

    - In the USA meat is marked with blue dye to indicate that it has been inspected and is fit for human consumption.

    - In Australia meat is marked with blue dye (Brilliant Blue FCF) to indicate that it is NOT fit for human consumtion and has been designated as pet meat. This blue dye must be visible throughout any pet mince(!!!)

    Sheer brillance. What genius.

    After distributing chemicals throughout the meat it is, in my view, no longer fit for consumtion by any species. Mark the container, sure, but distribute a chemical through food that actually then gets eaten, chemicals and all?! Who thinks of these things?!!! Who approves these things after the first idiot thought of it?!?!

    [sigh]

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    It's not nice, but it is there to protect you from unknowingly eating condemned meat. So no unscrupulous cafe or restaurant or butcher can use it. As I recall, the meat that goes in pet tinned meat and biscuits, is the sick and broken legged and 'old' chooks. I know cattle and sheep that break legs in sale yards, the carcases of sick animals, go the same way. Or that is what I read. That's why premium tinned, etc pet food, says on the label, MADE EXCLUSIVELY WITH HUMAN GRADE MEATS. If you investigate pet food, it really makes you feel ill.

    Horrified as you are about the idea of your pets eating the blue, it would freak you out to find YOU'd eaten the meat that should have been dyed. It must happen at the wholesalers. I've seen it delivered fresh, with blue dye already in it.

    It's also to prevent people from getting mixed up, with human/pet mince, at home, in plain plastic bags.'

    It's not ideal, at all, but the gov did this BECAUSE they were discovering that businesses were buying petmince, and... using it to increase their profits. The chicken pet mince has the bones and offal, minced through. I think the beef mince has offal, (which I don't think is allowed in human grade mince, and it would have pizzles and testicles, too, I imagine.
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    - In Australia meat is marked with blue dye (Brilliant Blue FCF) to indicate that it is NOT fit for human consumtion and has been designated as pet meat. This blue dye must be visible throughout any pet mince(!!!)
    It is true, in Australia meat must be marked with Brilliant Blue dye if not for human consumption. Brilliant Blue FCF - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia this is the product. The abattoir has to do it in order to stay in operation, it's a legal requirement.

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    I haven't ever seen this before, but I wouldn't want to feed it to my dogs. I get chicken mince and its always the colour it should be :S

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    Annabelle is highly allergic to it........Any food colouring, preservatives or additives
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    Wow, I've never seen blue dye in our raw meat ... I buy from a pet meat supplier (frozen roo, beef, mutton & chook mince or chunks) or a lady at Wanneroo Markets who sells pet mince (frozen) and bones (fresh).

    I wouldn't need to see blue dye, I defrost it and can tell you I wouldn't be eating it no matter how hungry I was!!!!

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