McDonald's Will No Longer Use Pink Slime in Its Burgers. Wait ... Say What? (Video)

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McDonald's has declared that it will no longer use "pink slime" in the manufacturing of its food products, ABC News reported yesterday.

Much like you're probably doing right now, when I first heard the news I asked myself, What the hell is pink slime?

And much like most Americans, I had no clue about a despicable yet widespread process that has been used for years. That is until celebrity chef Jamie Oliver decided to discuss it on his show and the info went viral.

In a heart-stopping display of greed, the food industry found a way to manufacture food using products that are not otherwise safe (or approved) for human consumption.

Once a cow has been dismantled, the trimmings that remain are normally used as an ingredient in pet food. The reason these bits, commonly referred to as 'boneless lean beef trimmings,' are used only for pet and not human food is because they are unsafe to eat -- they are brimming with potentially fatal bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella.

The use of boneless lean beef trimmings in human food is banned in the United Kingdom, but we enterprising Americans figured out a way to serve them to human beings.

We bleach them.

Companies such as Beef Products Incorporated (BPI) "disinfect" these diseased beef bits with (drum roll please) AMMONIA. Yes, the company 'cleans' the beef with ammonia in order to create what Oliver calls "pink slime."



This story has numerous villains, though. While BPI is obviously a bad guy, the business ethics of companies such as McDonald's, which until recently used the pink slime as an ingredient in its burgers, are just as unconscionable. What's worse, the USDA, you know, the federal department created to protect us from harmful food, is a co-conspirator.

The USDA does not require companies to divulge the fact that ammonia was used in the manufacturing of its products because the ammonia is used during the process of making the food and is not an ingredient.

Of course now that there's a big stink about it, McDonald's has officially declared that it will no longer use pink slime.

But for years we have been eating throw-away cow parts cleaned with ammonia. Thanks, McDonald's. I'm loving it.

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Alex
Alex

Justin Carraquillo, McDonald's acknowledged it...

 

Still, we love to make McDonald's this hideous villain, while they are taking the fault of many things, actually changing them, and lurking in their shade is the rest of the industry, the smaller names, that still profit from the same practices. The pink slime was a widespread use in the meat industry. Call the industry evil if you will, protected by the FDA. McDonald's, like you and me when we bought at a supermarket, consumed that beef. They incurred in the common practice, but were among the first to revoke it once information about it started to come out. Better yet, thanks to their their notoriety, the evils of pink slime are now even more widespread and others are now being pushed to do similarly. Are they heroes? No, but they aren't as terrible villains as we make them out to be. Is it bad for us to do it? Only because it makes us load them with the guilt and forget about the smaller ones. We need a big change in the whole, not just McDonald's who are now being faster to react than most small businesses who buy cheap meat or big companies that benefit of not being in the spotlight as McDonald´s is. Plus, I do like McDonald's, I just avoid too much dressings, the fries and the pop.

Justin Carrasquillo
Justin Carrasquillo

HOW THE HELL DO YOU GUYS BELIEVE THIS BULL**** PROPAGANDA? THIS GUY HAS NO WAY TO PROVE HIS THEORY THAT "PINK SLIME" IS BEING USED IN MC DONALDS BURGERS. BESIDES, HAS ANYONE EVER DIED OR BECOME SERIOUSLY ILL IN RELATION TO THIS PURPORTED "PINK SLIME"?

Rodney McNall
Rodney McNall

Not only does this make me sick but the thought that people say it has been going on for years and we should know??  Well then I guess this will answer the question about Cancer!  For anyone to support or even consider eating at a place referred to as FAST Food maybe it's time to SLOW down and think about what you put in your body and why it looks the way it does!! 

Bobbeamer
Bobbeamer

I think the real point is large corporations is feeding us products that is normally thrown into pet products because without ammonium hydroxide they would be unfit for human consumption. Ask yourself do you normally eats scraps of beef products from the floor or do you save the scraps throw in ammonium hydroxide and snack on the waste product later. I understand the use of ammonia in prepping food; I don't understand eating garbage. I feel sick even feeding my pet pink slime, because my pets deserve better.

Fred Gingerale
Fred Gingerale

The writers of this article is a liberal fool who doesn't have a clue what he's talking about and is spreading ignorant lies and propaganda.

There's nothing wrong or unusual about ammonia as a food, it's approved by regulation and perfectly safe to eat. It's a centuries old practice, and a NATURAL ingredient of both vegeatable and animal foods. It is ammonium hydroxide, to be precise, rather than ammonia (which is a gas) that is used as an anti-microbial. Ammonium bicarbonate is used as a rising agent in baking to make cookies, crackers and other flat goods. Before the invention of modern baking powder it was a common home ingredient. It's common name was hartshorn (hornsalt) since it was distilled from horn and hair. It turns into water and gasses during baking, which is why the baked goods rise, and disappears completely leaving no trace or taste.

K.C.
K.C.

This is horrific, yet it's nothing we should really be shocked about. If you going to eat grease-laden french fries and all that other McDonald's junk, pushing your cholestrol sky-high, why the heck should we worry about the pink slime in our hamburgers?

realalex
realalex

Let me tell you, if you can make pink slime and ammonia taste as good as a Big Mac, then don't change a thing. Why is everyone acting surprised at this? You knew they put shit in your food all along, you were just in denial. I have ccepted that fact and therefore keep going to these establishments. GET OVER IT! A cigarette has 100 times worse chemicals, and yet, people don't stop. McDonalds, your food, as bad as it may be, is still delicious.

Jim Fowler
Jim Fowler

Nothing against meat in general, but IMHO a shill website created by the meat industry adds nothing to intelligent discourse.

Jim Fowler
Jim Fowler

It's not just Mcdonald's, as of 2008 "It is a major supplier to Mcdonald's and Burger King as well as restaurants and grocery stores, and its products are used in 75% of the United States' hamburger patties."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

When I researched the "Pink Slime" issue last year I found that almost all chain grocery stores use the Beef Products Inc. additive in their ground beef. Good for Mcdonald's, but if you're a beef eater and not careful, you are eating this product all the time.

Foodie # 1
Foodie # 1

That is so disgusting! Thanks, Fuming Foodie, for bringing this to our attention. Just the mere thought that I might have eaten food a few times with ammonia on it makes me gag. Ugh!  

Elizabeth Figueredo
Elizabeth Figueredo

I want to vomit. Good thing I haven't had a McDonald's burger in years; it should all be out of my system by now, I hope..

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

You know what they say when you assume....

I am not a 'liberal' by far and find it highly amusing that you would make that assumption based on the fact that I do not condone corporations manufacturing food out of discarded and potentially lethal cow parts.

I believe that you are confusing the ammonia used in food to the ammonia used for cleaning dirty floors. From my understanding, the throwaway parts of the cow are cleaned using the latter. And no, I don't think that type of ammonia is safe to eat. Then again, I'm not a chemist, so go figure.

I take it that in your humble opinion there is nothing wrong with using the parts of an animal normally discarded or used only in the manufacturing of pet food to manufacture and sell food items for human consumption? Then why don't you take those same parts, wash them in ammonia, and feed them to yourself, friends, and family? No? Didn't think so....

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Hi K.C.,

To a certain degree, I agree with what you posted. The difference is that while fat, sodium, and sugar do affect our health, there is a difference between salt or grease and ammonia. 

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Sorry, but I'm not sure what to make of your post. I can't tell if you're you're joking or serious.

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Yup, several 'restaurants' have used the pink slime. What a country!

Fred Gingerale
Fred Gingerale

You eat food with Ammonia in it ALL THE TIME and have throughout your life!

There's nothing wrong or unusual about ammonia as a food, it's approved by government and perfectly safe to eat. It's a centuries old practice, and a NATURAL ingredient of both vegetable and animal foods. It is ammonium hydroxide, to be precise, rather than ammonia (which is a gas) that is used as an anti-microbial. Ammonium bicarbonate is used as a rising agent in baking to make cookies, crackers and other flat goods. Before the invention of modern baking powder it was a common home ingredient. It's common name was hartshorn (hornsalt) since it was distilled from horn and hair. It turns into water and gasses during baking, which is why the baked goods rise, and disappears completely leaving no trace or taste.

 

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Thank you, Foodie. I know how you feel. I almost upchucked as well when I found out.

Alex
Alex

Have you bought meat at the supermarket, its probably worse than that of McDonald's. Sounds sensationalist when they publish something against mcdonalds and we all want to hear whatever is wrong with it and crush it just because it is so big and uncrushable, but if you are to vomit, there are lots of things closer to you than mcdonalds to do so for.

Fred Gingerale
Fred Gingerale

God, don't be so gullible, Ammonia has been used in our foods for over 100 years. Ammonia is a natural ingredient in vegetables and animal foods. Ammonia makes foods like cookies and crackers rise in the oven. Most people now use baking powder but everyone used to use a product called hartshorn (hornsalt), which was.. you guees it, ammonia!

Fred Gingerale
Fred Gingerale

You eat food with Ammonia in it ALL THE TIME and have throughout your life!

There's nothing wrong or unusual about ammonia as a food, it's approved by government and perfectly safe to eat. It's a centuries old practice, and a NATURAL ingredient of both vegetable and animal foods. It is ammonium hydroxide, to be precise, rather than ammonia (which is a gas) that is used as an anti-microbial. Ammonium bicarbonate is used as a rising agent in baking to make cookies, crackers and other flat goods. Before the invention of modern baking powder it was a common home ingredient. It's common name was hartshorn (hornsalt) since it was distilled from horn and hair. It turns into water and gasses during baking, which is why the baked goods rise, and disappears completely leaving no trace or taste.

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 Pure non-sense.  While your body can handle and excrete small amounts of ammonia, eating food with upwards of 15% of it washed in ammonia is not natural.  It is not common, and it is certainly not OK.  Go learn some biochemistry and then come back and talk to me.

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