World renowned chef Jamie Oliver has won his battle against world-wide brand McDonald’s in their use of ‘pink slime’ as filler in hamburgers. The mega-corporation announced that the recipe for their hamburger meat – and here we thought that the recipe for ground beef patties was ground beef – will be changed. To what the recipe will be changed was not announced.
Pink slime is the process whereby meat scraps and fat is washed in ammonium hydroxide, rinsed in water, and then ground before being added to other meat cuts as a filler. Before the chemical wash the scraps and assorted slaughter remnants are considered unfit for human consumption. Oliver said about the process, “Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest way for dogs, and after this process, is being given to human beings.”
Oliver has led a campaign for the last several years to let people know about the “pink slime process”, a phrase coined by Oliver, himself. He said, “Why would any sensible human being put meat filled with ammonia in the mouths of their children?” Ammonium hydroxide is poisonous to humans.
Oliver made headlines in previous years by exposing the American schools for serving low quality food to school children, as well as products made with pink slime.
Watch Jamie Oliver explain how pink slime is made, and how it is then served in American schools here.
h/t: Political Blindspot