Advanced Meat Recovery (AMR) is an extremely profitable practice in today’s industrial meat industry. What was once rendered into pet food is now being sold at much higher prices as meat for human consumption. Contrary to the perception that meat is removed from the bones with AMR, the bones, along with the meat on the bones, is pulverized and blended into a fine slurry; frozen and shaped into various forms that are easily ground into many different meat products. Due to Mad Cow Disease (BSE), USDA bans vertebral columns from cattle over 30 months of age for use in AMR, even though (BSE) has been detected in cattle younger than 30 months. Various methods for determining the animals age are not dependable.
The added meat, mostly cheap (and very cheap) trimmings, are used to decrease the bone and marrow content to acceptable USDA levels. Although the USDA requires removal of the spinal cord, nerve tissue that radiates immediately from the spinal cord through the intervertabal foramen, and into the peripheral nervous system, is present in the product. Products containing AMR do not require labeling identifying it’s presence. USDA considers AMR to be meat (as opposed to bone, marrow and nervous tissue), enabling AMR to be sold to consumers as “beef”.
Anhydrous Ammonia is approved for use in AMR as an intervention kill step for pathogen contaminated meat. Anhydrous Ammonia (also used in methamphetamine production) is a very dangerous and highly toxic substance that reacts violently with tissue and other substances containing moisture.
From Mike Callicrate’s No Bull Food News Blog