McDonald’s drops use of ‘pink slime’ in U.S. meat
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver can claim one more victory in his food revolution after McDonald’s stopped using what he called “pink slime” in its burgers.
On Thursday, McDonald’s USA announced it was discontinuing the use of ammonium hydroxide in its beef.
The Naked Chef had publicly denounced the use of the additive on his show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. He questioned how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could allow the compound to be used in foods.
Ammonium hydroxide is made of water and ammonia and is used to kill bacteria. Typically it is used in household cleaning products.
On one episode of his show, Mr. Oliver said that beef producers take beef “trimmings” that would normally go to dog food and wash it with the compound until it is fit for human consumption.
“Imagine how happy an accountant is, you just turned dog food into what can potentially be your kids’ food,” he said on the episode. (Photo: Jean Levac/Postmedia News files)