McDonald's To Stop Using "Pink Slime" in Beef

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Jamie Oliver scored a victory last week. McDonald's has announced that they will stop using ammonium hydroxide in their beef, a substance that the crusading chef once labeled as "pink slime".

The chemical is added to beef scraps to kill off bacteria such as E. Coli and is approved by the USDA. But in the Food Revolution demo shown in the linked video below, the chef says, "We're taking a product that would be sold in its cheaper form for dogs and after this process, we can give it to humans."

The company, though, isn't going to give Oliver the satisfaction of knowing that it was him who convinced them to change. They said that the decision "was not related to any particular event" and was just part of the "effort to align our global beef raw material standards."

The widely seen documentary Food Inc. also raised the issue about the process and so did the New York Times.




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Robert Gerard Mansfield
Robert Gerard Mansfield

"I imagine the process..."  and "I do not know the exact ration..."   What does he know, besides what we know, from rumor and speculation?  Ammonia is found naturally in a lot of foods we eat.. our bodies use it, process it, etc...  And, the ammonia doe snot stay in the meat after it is processed, it is also removed after the bacteria is killed..  just saying.

Louann Proper
Louann Proper

The USDA and any company that uses this process should be fined alot of money, and how do the consumers know that this does not cause cancer or any other terminal illness

Norcal
Norcal

All I eat is grass fed beef now. I'm glad I live in a area of northern California where i have access to fresh grass fed beef daily at our LOCAL grocery stores. If you haven't tried it you must!!

Karen Lawrence Puccio
Karen Lawrence Puccio

This is disgusting!  Who knew.  Makes you think about what you're eating at fast food!

taco2002
taco2002

Eating out isn't for the poor, it is for the lazy.  Maybe that is why they are poor.  

Mary Jane Doe
Mary Jane Doe

Check out the documentary "The World According to Monsanto" to see what Monsanto and the FDA have done to food with GMOs. Buy local and grow your own.   

monikerjay
monikerjay

It's not hard to just have natural beef. It's not! It's just up to the food manufacturers to spend a little more money on fighting bacteria and doing it in a more organic (there's that word), way. Thinking about growing a huge garden for my family this year so we rely less on any grocery store and buying more local raised beef. The less miles it travels, the better.

Slimey
Slimey

People don't realize that when they buy 90% lean, or "diet lean" ground beef at the grocers, the pink slime is why it is lean.  Pink slime is a defatted beef product used by most major ground beef manufacturers to adjust the fat content of naturally occuring ground beef.

Ya Ya To Geaux
Ya Ya To Geaux

This is disgusting. We are exposed to so much crap being put into our food supply. No wonder there are so many illnesses and cancers ravaging our bodies! Pisses me off. 

fekhten
fekhten

I hope very much that the author of this blog post reads my comment. The author has mixed singular and plural everywhere in his very short post. Here's how it should have been written to be grammatically correct:

Jamie Oliver scored a victory last week. McDonald's has announced that IT will stop using ammonium hydroxide in ITS beef, a substance that the crusading chef once labeled as "pink slime". The chemical is added to beef scraps to kill off bacteria such as E. Coli and is approved by the USDA. But in the Food Revolution demo shown in the linked video below, the chef says, "We're taking a product that would be sold in its cheaper form for dogs and after this process, we can give it to humans."The company, though, isn't going to give Oliver the satisfaction of knowing that it was him who convinced IT to change. IT said that the decision "was not related to any particular event" and was just part of the "effort to align our global beef raw material standards." The widely seen documentary Food Inc. also raised the issue about the process and so did the New York Times.Remember: you must be consistent throughout your writing with subject, verb, and  pronoun number and agreement You cannot use plural pronouns with singular verbs. Companies, government agencies, musical groups, and other groups of individual members that act as single entity take verbs in the singular (as this writer seems to understand) and pronouns in the singular (as this writer clearly does not understand).

Whatever the case, a written work should at least be consistent. So, let's try this blog post another way. Since the writer likes to use "they" when referring to McDonald's, let's try switching everything else to keep things consistent:

Jamie Oliver scored a victory last week. McDonald's HAVE announced that they will stop using ammonium hydroxide in their beef, a substance that the crusading chef once labeled as "pink slime". The chemical is added to beef scraps to kill off bacteria such as E. Coli and is approved by the USDA. But in the Food Revolution demo shown in the linked video below, the chef says, "We're taking a product that would be sold in its cheaper form for dogs and after this process, we can give it to humans."The company, though, AREN'T going to give Oliver the satisfaction of knowing that it was him who convinced them to change. They said that the decision "was not related to any particular event" and was just part of the "effort to align our global beef raw material standards." The widely seen documentary Food Inc. also raised the issue about the process and so did the New York Times.

Get it?

Kasper
Kasper

Our modern days crusader for the food people and the children of the now and future.Great job Oliver! 

Jack Widmore
Jack Widmore

No wonder when I went down there and had McDonalds it tasted like crap. Go Canada!

Dbrownk412
Dbrownk412

The fresh market grinds their meat fresh everyday and for you if you ask them to, it's their policy and I only buy my ground meat from there.

Agaponzie
Agaponzie

This is why its so important to pay attention to what you are putting in your body!  Food consumption has real consequences, and while McDonalds is often the scapegoat, this type of thing is prevalent in our entire food system.  I discuss more in, "You Are What You Eat":  http://agaponzie.blogspot.com/...

ChartonH
ChartonH

"Soylent green is people!"

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

So, uh... let me get this straight. They take meat that's fit only for animals, treat it with an antibacterial foam, and this makes it OK for humans to eat...

...so now they're going to stop using the antibacterial foam?

I'm so glad I buy grass-fed beef from ranchers of whom I can ask questions.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Fast food is for poor people; naturally, it will be made of the lowest quality ingredients.  Simply exercise your right to not eat it.  Learning to cook wouldn't hurt either. 

http://www.beefproducts.com/wh...

Riley
Riley

Typical sensationalism by Jamie Oliver to grab headlines and ratings. So should we stop eating untreated, natural grass-fed beef because it already contains ammonia? I watched both seasons of his shows and Jamie might have good intentions, but he also comes close to making things worse- the school comes close to losing federal funding because Jamie's lunches don't meet federal guidelines, Jamie's lunches cost more than what schools get reimbursed for, schools drop flavored milk even though this means less children will drink milk, etc.. So, assuming Jamie Oliver is responsible for this change in McD's policy, what did it ultimatley do? Now, there's a greater chance that the meat will be un-safer, with higher levels of e-coli. Fast food companies were buying BPI's frozen trim not because it was cheaper, but because they thought it was safer. BPI's meat could be as 25% more expensive than its competitors.

Insider
Insider

I agree with you in spirit, I truly do, but beware the limitations of "organic."  Please check out the new web post: http://news.sciencemag.org/sci... This isn't from some meat industry advocacy group.

Insider
Insider

Not really accurate.  90% lean beef has been around much longer than pink slime.  The truth is that beef trimmings, when produced in processing plants, are generally very lean pieces of meat (90% lean), and that meat trim with high fat content (what you or I would consider to be added fat but this gets really technical within USDA policy) is added to raise the fat content to 15-20%.  Fat is not removed from lean beef, fat is ADDED to fattier ground beef. 

asia
asia

oh my lord. really? the author has mixed singular and plural? that's all you have gotten from reading the post? i think you're the only one concerned whether the author was grammatically correct or not. let me guess, did not have enough talent to become a writer, so you ended up correcting people's grammar on the internet, hoping someone will be like "wow prof. fekhten! you tell them!". ain't gonna happen.get it?

ESLO Blogger
ESLO Blogger

And I thought English majors were only concerned with whether or not I wanted fries with that pink slime burger!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

..so now they're going to stop using the antibacterial foam?

No.  McD's will no longer buy Beef Products, Inc.'s pink slime product.  BPI has already lost 25% of its customers when McD's quit.  More are expected to follow. 

http://www.beefproducts.com/wh...

Christian Z.
Christian Z.

Shouldn't they have been called Beef Byproducts, Inc.? Anyways, Dave was wondering the same thing as me.

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