Gooey ammonia-based USDA approved ‘pink slime’ in hamburger meat?

Is the unbelievably, disgusting Frankenstein food industry out of control?  This article is really eye opening.  While McDonalds says they are discontinuing ammonium hydroxide as an ingredient in their hamburger meat, my confidence in mega food industries remains even more skeptical and leery.  I’m all the more resigned to keeping this junk out of my family.

Read the full article here:  McDonald’s drops use of gooey ammonia-based ‘pink slime’ in hamburger meat


McDonald’s confirmed that it has eliminated the use of ammonium hydroxide — an ingredient in fertilizers, household cleaners and some roll-your-own explosives —  in its hamburger meat.

The article went on to explain….

“Besides being used as a household cleaner and in fertilizers, the compound releases flammable vapors, and with the addition of certain acids, it can be turned into ammonium nitrate, a common component in homemade bombs. It’s also widely used in the food industry as an anti-microbial agent in meats and as a leavener in bread and cake products. It’s regulated by the U.S. Agriculture Department, which classifies it as “generally recognized as safe.”

“Sarah Prochaska, a registered dietitian at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, said that ammonium hydroxide is widely used in the U.S. food industry but that consumers may not be able to know what products include it because the USDA considers it a component in a production procedure — separating scrap meat — and not an ingredient that must be listed on food labels.”


I liked the last statement of the article:

“And since it’s not on nutrition labels, the only way to avoid it “would be to choose fresher products, cook your meat at home, cook more meals at home.”

I’m all the more encouraged in my job here at home.  Now… back to the kitchen where I am making real, whole food for supper this evening and especially glad to do it after reading this article on Frankenstein food!



****Here is another article about it:  McDonalds Drops Pink Slime

McDonalds denies that the decision to remove the pink slim was in any way connected or influenced by a campaign by celebrity chef and nutrition-promoter Jamie Oliver.  Last April, on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, he discussed the dangers of eating ammonium-hydroxide treated scrap meats in fast food products.