There's a real dispute about the safety of pink slime, but not so of chicken. If we has a nation became alarmed in proper proportion to things that are concerning, however, white slime would be a much bigger concern than pink slime.
It seems that things have gotten out of hand in our food production, especially in the livestock sector. In Part 2 of this interview, we discuss E. coli, Salmonella and other worrisome pathogens.
So far, only thousands of people have died from swine flu. Unless we radically change the way chickens and pigs are raised for food, though, it may only be a matter of time before a catastrophic pandemic arises.