Floating Beef Fat

This beef fat on the Houston ship canal is known as "patties."

The Houston Chronicle reports on a new type of spill: beef fat. About 250,000 gallons were lost from a tank. Later, about 15,000 gallons were released from a storm drain. Accident allegedly due to “employee error.” Not boss’s fault. Helpfully, the paper explained,

The beef fat or tallow is rendered from slaughterhouse leftovers. “It’s all the stuff that we don’t eat,” Lindquist said. The substance is used for personal care items including cosmetics and bar soap as well as animal feed.

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