Do you really know what’s inside of your burgers? Well, Jamie Oliver was totally disgusted to find out that McDonald’s used pink slime additive in its burgers. And several months after, Jamie Oliver finally won the battle, as McDonald’s has just announced it has decided to stop using pink slime additive in its burgers.
Jamie Oliver had a mild shock when he found out what ingredients are used in McDonald’s burgers. McDonald’s was using for a long time ammonium hydroxide to convert fatty beef offcuts into beef filler for burgers. To make things worse, the pink slime procedure is commonly used in cheap dog food.
“Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold at the cheapest form for dogs and after this process we can give it to humans”, said the chef. Jamie showed the U.S. audience exactly how the pink slime is made and stated that the process had “no respect for food, people or children”.
Although McDonald’s has denied that they stopped using the pink slime because of Jamie Oliver’s campaign, one fact remains. McDonald’s has made one step forward in serving burgers that are just a little bit healthier.
McDonald’s said: “we made a decision to discontinue the use of ammonia-treated beef in our hamburgers. This product has been out of our supply chain since August of last year”. The company added that the “decision was a result of our efforts to align our global standards for how we source beef around the world”.
According to MSNBC, the pink slime is usually used in fertilizers and even a household cleaner. It releases flammable vapors and it can easily be turned into ammonium nitrate, “a common component in homemade bombs”. The food industry uses it as an anti-microbial agents in meats and as a leavener in bread and cake products.
How did it pass the scrutiny of U.S. food regulators you ask? Well, just like many other controversial ingredients in today’s food, the compound is classified as generally safe. The FDA affirmed that the pink slime is safe for use in food processing in 1974, based on the scientific data of that time.
The committee said back then that “ammonia and the ammonium ion are integral components of normal metabolic processes and play an essential role in the physiology of man”.