9:15 am January 30, 2012, by David Markiewicz
This oughta’ help that next fast food lunch go down better.
McDonald’s is no longer using an additive filler known as “pink slime” in its world-famous hamburgers.
What, you don’t know about the pink slime?
That’s spare beef trimmings treated with ammonium hydroxide to make them safe and possibly tastier.
Pink slime, for all its yumminess, has been the target of some serious criticism, ranging from newspaper reports to a campaign by TV chef Jamie Oliver to get rid of the stuff.
As gross and potentially dangerous as it sounds, the government has said pink slime is not a threat.
Ammoniated beef trimmings were deemed good to go five years ago during a U.S. Department of Agriculture crackdown on ground beef, even though the meat “comes from the parts of the cow most likely to harbor pathogens,” according to Huffington Post. The ammonia supposedly kills any bacteria in the beef.
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