Burgers of McDonalds now being offered without pink slime

The world’s biggest fast food chain McDonalds announced that it will stop using the “pink slime” a controversial meat product consisting of lean beef trimmings that is treated with ammonium hydroxide solution in its hamburgers. This product was recently brought to the attention of the public by the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who mockingly described this product as a “Pink Slime” on an episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

The trimmings actually consists of the left out meat after all the choice cuts of beef are taken is banned for human consumption in United Kingdom but these are allowed to be used in chicken and dog food. However, in the United States the human consumption of these trimmings is legal, if they are treated with ammonium hydroxide in order to kill the bacteria such as E.coli as precautionary measure.

The Oak Brook – Illinois based fast food McDonald chain announced that it will no longer use this controversial additive beef trimming which is approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The company however, said that its decision in this regard is nothing to do with the month’s long campaign by celebrity chef – Jamie Oliver to get rid of ammonium hydroxide treated meats like chicken and beef out of the U.S. food supply. The company said that the decision of not using this “pink slime” was made nearly a year ago.

It is estimated that seventy percent of burgers in the United States use this pink slime as filler.  McDonald further stated that it stopped using the filler last August itself and two other fast food chains, Burger King and Taco Bell had also bowed to the pressure and removed the ammonium hydroxide processed ingredients from their food products.

 

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