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

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
NO WONDER MY ALLERGIES ACT UP EVERY TIME I EAT THERE!
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Dumb Fucks
All the idiots who eat stuff like this deserve what they get.
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peter parker
gross.
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WeinerDog
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
hey, is that pink stuff available in a cone?
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cranky mom
gag
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Eric Bittner
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
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
That is the most disgusting thing in the world!
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HellSlayerAndy
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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R2
There's no end to this type of shit going on in the world....and we wonder why cancer rates are spirralling.
Mayor McCheese would be spinnin in his grave if he knew about this McGoo.
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GrossedOutPittieLover
And now Mickey D's has the audacity to say eating its crappy McBites is less risky than petting a pit bull! Here's how you can tell them to pull their stupid radio commercial: http://www.ilovedogs.com/2012/02/mcdonalds-ad-says-its-food-is-less-risk...
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Thomas Boyd
Anything to sell a burger!
Not me Micky Dee!
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Duck Mucks
"Would you like Flies with dat?"

Your OBESE Fast Food Bastard...:)
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Sponge Bob told ya so!
Wait, didn't I see this in a Krusty Krabb episode? Where people would bite into a good burger (or whatever they're called) and GREY SLIME would come out?!?!

Actually, I expected it to be backwards. Reality would be GRAY, in a cartoon it would be pink.

Go figure! XD
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Anton
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Ray I
I want to eat a pit bull while petting a McBite!
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Pedro Montalvo Jr.
This is why I don't eat at fast food joints, especially large frranchise one
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I can only imagine what's in taco bell's meat.

^_^
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lozl
'100% all beef patty' is not false advertising, it's a brand name/trademark slogan. Corporate food is full of mysterious ingredients, no doubt can be traced to cancer
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GOT
oh no! not the pink slime! That was my favourite part...damn! Well....guess I WAS lovin' it...
Seriously though, what are 'select lean beef trimmings'? Is that like the hoofs and tail and nose and eyeballs and stuff? MMMMmmmm...yummy!
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