McDonald’s stops use of ammonium hydroxide “pink slime” in hamburgers

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to stop eating fast food (or to stop eating as much), the photo above might help keep you motivated.

The pink foamy substance is ammonium hydroxide, a chemical made of ammonia and water that’s used to kill bacteria, and most commonly found in household cleaning products and fertilizers. Up until a few months ago, it was a product also found in hamburger meat at McDonald’s restaurants across the U.S.

Earlier this week, the fast food company released a statement saying that it no longer used “select lean beef trimmings” soaked in ammonium hydroxide. A representative for McDonald’s also stated that the elimination of ammonium hydroxide from its processed meat had nothing to do with a nearly year-long campaign launched by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver against the use of the chemical additive in foods.

On an episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, the British chef demonstrated how inedible beef scraps could be rendered into hamburger meat with the use of a “pink slime”. He also claimed that this “slime” was currently being used in a variety of foods including meat, bread and cake products, and school cafeteria dishes. Ammonia hydroxide is “generally recognized as safe” by the U.S. Agriculture Department.

McDonald’s restaurant’s use of ammonium hydroxide has only reportedly been used in its beef patties in the U.S. According to the list of product ingredients on the McDonald’s Canada website, hamburger patties in Canada contain 100 percent beef only.

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CHERYL120000

Feb 3, 2012 at 10:40am

NO WONDER MY ALLERGIES ACT UP EVERY TIME I EAT THERE!

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Dumb Fucks

Feb 3, 2012 at 10:44am

All the idiots who eat stuff like this deserve what they get.

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peter parker

Feb 3, 2012 at 10:51am

gross.

6 5 Rating: +1

WeinerDog

Feb 3, 2012 at 10:53am

This is the same goopy shit they make hot dogs out of, and people loves hot dogs without bitching about it.

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Steve Newton

Feb 3, 2012 at 11:05am

hey, is that pink stuff available in a cone?

10 7 Rating: +3

cranky mom

Feb 3, 2012 at 11:15am

gag

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Eric Bittner

Feb 3, 2012 at 11:39am

Jamie's advice at the end is spot on...if you want good ground beef, do it your self or ask a butcher to do it in front of your eyes. I also think it's important to be fully aware of from where your meat is coming. A trip to the butcher, or butchering an animal yourself (which I have done many times on the farm on which I grew up, or after hunting ) will make most people a vegetarian. You do not respect for yourself or the animal by eating poorly.

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Mary Jane Watson

Feb 3, 2012 at 11:58am

Um..am I the only one that's heard "100% all beef patty" in their commercials? Wouldn't that be false advertising?

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Gross Donald

Feb 3, 2012 at 12:07pm

That is the most disgusting thing in the world!

3 6 Rating: -3

HellSlayerAndy

Feb 3, 2012 at 12:08pm

People in the 'know' have KNOWN about this for a while now...I guess it's good that CORP media finally recognized it.

The better question is WHY exactly do our thoroughly corrupt filthy politicians feel it necessary to protect us from something LIKE marijuana, while allowing THIS type of poisoning to even enter the food chain?

Quick answer...citizen is another term for branded slave and they aren't a threat to these immoral creatures, globalist corporations are?

It must be nice to simply declare allegiance to foreign corporations and sell your own people out as cattle with little more than some excuse called ideology spouted by creepy white trash punks mumbling about Cuba or some senile old welfare recipient discussing suiciding 'undesirables'.

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