McD’s drops “pink slime” from its burgers

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.

Eat up.

153 comments Add your comment

Ray Kroc

January 30th, 2012
10:13 am

Mmmmm, ammoniated beef…just makes your mouth water

Sluggo

January 30th, 2012
10:13 am

McPink slime.

“I’m lovin’ it!”

Kurt

January 30th, 2012
10:13 am

This is the reason we started grinding our own beef.

Hamburgular

January 30th, 2012
10:13 am

Yum, I’ll have the double quarter minus the slime

Big Jacket

January 30th, 2012
10:16 am

There goes the dollar menu.

Slimmer

January 30th, 2012
10:16 am

Who you gonna call. The Ghost Busters are at the bottom of this.

SeaWeedShakes

January 30th, 2012
10:17 am

Do they still use seaweed in the milkshakes? Also, do the milk shakes really contain milk

Big N Nasty

January 30th, 2012
10:19 am

Must be why they took the Big N Tasty burger name away

Sad to say

January 30th, 2012
10:21 am

This is a generalization, so my appologies to those who disagree. I think that most of the folks that “dine” at McDonalds are of below average intelligence. Why would you pay $5 or $6 for a greasy and unhealthy lunch when you could make your own at home and take it to work for less than half that amount? Not only would it be healthier, it would leave you with $500 a year more in your pocket, assuming you save $2 per day.

McDonalds preys on kids and the less intelligent among us. They aren’t breaking any laws, so as long as people buy their pink slime, more power to them.

Special Sauce

January 30th, 2012
10:21 am

Gives a new name to the two all beef patties “special sauce” lettuce and a bun. “Big Yak”

Ronald McDonald

January 30th, 2012
10:23 am

1 Mc slime burger coming up,

disbot3000

January 30th, 2012
10:24 am

I knew there was a reason why I always hated McD burgers. Nasty.

Ronald McDonald

January 30th, 2012
10:25 am

Uh, yes…Can I have a Number 1, with extra pink slime, please?

FRiendly

January 30th, 2012
10:29 am

will they make the changes today? if so, I may order a quarter pounder with cheese and large fries.

linda

January 30th, 2012
10:29 am

Good grief. Disgusting.

NOM NOM NOM

January 30th, 2012
10:31 am

Has anyone seen my cat?

trystme

January 30th, 2012
10:31 am

Buffy

January 30th, 2012
10:31 am

KMA Sad to Say! I have an MBA, run a 5 million dollar company, referee college sports, active in my community,and my kids love a biscuit from McDonalds on Saturday morning. You are a miserabble, lonely, bitter jerk Sad to Say. Since youu are so smart and above the McD’s clientele, get back to work you cubicle queen! KMA again jerk!

CB

January 30th, 2012
10:32 am

This was for the chicken nuggets not the beef. Duh, nice research, writer

Al

January 30th, 2012
10:35 am

Wow, Buffy — I’ve never seen someone get so defensive over McDonald’s before. Surprised you have enough time to care about what some random poster says on an unfiltered comment section…about McDonald’s. Seriously? $5M company? Yeah, right.

NOM NOM NOM

January 30th, 2012
10:36 am

Awww, someone got their tender feefees hurt. :D

Grimace

January 30th, 2012
10:36 am

It was my understanding that the “pink slime” was used for their McNuggets.

Mystery Meat

January 30th, 2012
10:37 am

McRib is Back!

Account-this

January 30th, 2012
10:38 am

Pink slime? Oh, so that’s what’s been making people cranky? Let’s rid ourselves of the slime and put ATL back on the southern hospitality map.

Matt

January 30th, 2012
10:39 am

Glad I never eat that $#!t.

Big Al

January 30th, 2012
10:47 am

I heard about a British girl who has eaten nothing but Chicken McNuggets and chips (fries) for the past 15 years. She was near death until doctors started feeding her vitamin and mineral supplements through an IV. Says a lot about the nutritional value of McDonald’s.

LawDawg

January 30th, 2012
10:50 am

Sad to Say: My IQ is in the top .02% of all people and I love the occasional quarter pounder meal, so I am going to go ahead and say that your assumptions are not correct.

Angie Thomas

January 30th, 2012
10:52 am

I’m glad to hear abt. this pink slime,but it is not my only concern!! I was in a McDonald’s just outside Charleston, SC yesterday AM. I ordered oatmeal whci came with brown sugar/cinnamon, apples, dried fruit and granola. The young lady manning the register forgot to prepare the oatmeal so she had to turn away from the customers waiting to place their orders and fix my oatmeal. She had difficulty opening the smal pkg of frash apple pieces soooooooooooooo she puts them up to her mouth and tries to bite the pkg open with her teeth! In the meantime I’m standing there in disbelief!! saying under my breath Noooooooooooooooo!! Since she couldn’t get the pkg open she threw it in the trash and I began begging please let me put my stuff in my oatmeal!! I didn’t ask for the Manager! I know I should have but I was almost in tears!! So I don’t want pink slime or someone’s SALIVA on my food!! Thanks, Trying to stay Patient Grammy

LawDawg

January 30th, 2012
10:53 am

“Pink slime” seems like an awfully negative term for what is essentially just cast-off beef parts disinfected with stuff that is no worse than what coats every piece of fruit and every vegetable at Publix, Kroger, Walmart, etc.. They could just as well have called pink slime “the stuff in every hot dog you have ever eaten.”

Unless you eat nothing but organic food, you eat stuff worse than this every single day.

Frank Furter

January 30th, 2012
10:54 am

First it was Taco Bells meat…now McDonalds…whos next? http://www.notquitedevils.com

Spade

January 30th, 2012
10:55 am

Sad to say, I don’t accept your apology for your ignorant comment. Since when does dining at McDonalds have to do with a person’s intelligence level? It has nothing to do with that, and everything to do with convenience which is why it’s called fast food. Sad to say you are obviously the one who is a lot less intelligent than you think you are.

LawDawg

January 30th, 2012
10:55 am

Angie Thomas: If you almost burst out crying rather than saying “hey, get my food away from your mouth, just give me the oatmeal”, i question how you have managed to survive in society long enough to be able to read and write on a blog.

LawDawg

January 30th, 2012
10:56 am

Big Al: There is a HUGE difference between eating McDonalds once in a blue moon and never, ever eating any fruits or vegetables.

LawDawg

January 30th, 2012
10:57 am

disbot3000: Yeah, I’m sure all the other fast food places are much better.

Michael

January 30th, 2012
11:01 am

Soylent pink?

Jim Swilley

January 30th, 2012
11:01 am

How is this any worse than the slime in vienna sausages, or indeed the myriad animal parts regularly ground into hot dogs and sausage pattys? Going to a Braves game? Would you like to buy an overpriced ground pork snout “hot dog” with mustard? How about a cup of carbonated horse pee to go with it?

Rodney

January 30th, 2012
11:02 am

“Sad to Say” – really? You’re entitled to your opinion, wrong as it is. ;) Or were you in fact trolling posters into replying to your vilification?

I, maybe, eat at McDonald’s twice a year. On a road trip. In the car. But I do eat there. And let me assure you I’m in the “above average” smarty-pants category.

I would like to ask – just what are you making at home, every day, healthy and filling, that costs between 3 and 4 dollars per meal (based on your assumption of saving 2 dollars per day on an average 5 or 6 dollar lunch)?

jespasinthru

January 30th, 2012
11:06 am

Throw in a little Soylent Green and really make those burgers tasty! It’s cheap, it’s plentiful, and I know of some OWS types who would make perfect “volunteers”.

McDowner Cow

January 30th, 2012
11:06 am

That is nasty and a very good reason to pay real money for a real hamburger at a locally owned burger place – they’re multiplying like rabbits these days anyway.

John

January 30th, 2012
11:06 am

McRib!!!!! YUMMMMMMMMMM

Eating in Atlanta

January 30th, 2012
11:08 am

Hey Buffy – just because your kids like McDonalds doesn’t mean it’s good for them. My kid would eat cupcakes for every meal if I let her but I don’t – it’s called parenting.

Confusing article

January 30th, 2012
11:09 am

The article mentions it as an approved additive to make the beef safer.
And obviously noone notices it in their food. Yet, the article goes on to say it has been the “target of some serious criticism”. But there is absolutely no mention as to what the criticisms are. Are these concerns warranted or just a few nutbags getting attention. Terrible reporting.
Bottom line, is it safe or unsafe?

Chris

January 30th, 2012
11:15 am

“Sad to Say” Are you kidding? Are you really saying the only people who eat at McDonald’s are people who are stupid? What about the CEO who needs a quick bite on his way to a meeting? What about the mother of 4 who needs to get her kids fed in between soccer and ballet? What about the college student who only has 15 minutes in between classes? What you said is a rash generalization. And quite frankly, it’s a false one. I eat at McDonald’s a few times of year. Mostly it’s out of convenience. That’s worth the extra buck or two to me. Plus I like their fries. Are you saying only stupid people pay money for things they like?

Enquiring minds want to know

January 30th, 2012
11:15 am

What are the criticisms by the chef and so called other newspaper reports?
Is it over safety or just the disgusting name?
Is there proof of danger?

Jeff

January 30th, 2012
11:16 am

Kind of a gross name for what goes in em, but how many here have eaten them for years without thinking about it? Me personally, I like a little McD’s from time to time, but since my wife has a gluten intolerance, we don’t eat it but a few times a year.

Read your ingredients. If it says mechanically separated anything, avoid it. Hot dogs, bologna, chicken patties or nuggets….google mechanically separated meat one time.

Read up on flour production…especially the tolerances for “foreign matter”.

Unless you go grow your own, it’s kind of a crap shoot with just about any food out there.

much ado about

January 30th, 2012
11:17 am

Eddy Freddy

January 30th, 2012
11:18 am

2 billions served=2 billions poisoned. “The government says it’s not a threat”. Not now, but later. Look at the health issues of those folks who eat there: Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, early life heart attacks, low life expectancy, etc. Our government will never say “No”. 1 – it’s a business, pays taxes, 2 – provides low income jobs. Most importantly – no social security benefits to the deceased ones. Great for the government if you die before you start drawing your retirement. More power, and $$ to us(US) to invade and fight other countries!! That’s our way!

Jeff

January 30th, 2012
11:18 am

@jespasinthru — Funny you should mention Soylent Green. That movie was on cable the other day. Classic!

Demetrio

January 30th, 2012
11:19 am

LawDawg: I know you. You ain’t that smart. Maybe the top 40%. Let’s get real.

JimmyZ

January 30th, 2012
11:19 am

So, does this mean that I can no longer stash a spare cheeseburger in my glove box and have it still be edible when I get the munchies a week or two later?
There goes that three year unrefrigerated shelf life.