A meat scrap ingredient once only used in dog food and cooking oil has been found in 70 percent of “fresh ground beef” found on grocery store shelves across the US, according to ABC News.

“It’s not fresh ground beef, it is a substitute,” said Gerald Zimstein, a whisteblower and former USDA scientist told ABC. “It’s a cheap substitute being added in.”

“Pink slime” is basically trimmings added as filler to ground beef. It is treated with ammonia to make it safe for human consumption.

One USDA scientist called it “a salvage product” — basically trash.

Stores don’t have to include it as an ingredient on labels because the USDA still considers “pink slime” to be “meat.”

Last month, fast food chains, including McDonald’s, announced they would stop using pink slime in their food, lending massive publicity to what was essentially an unknown issue.

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