After much criticism and controversy, McDonald’s has announced it will no longer use a food additive known as “pink slime” in its burgers.
So what is pink slime? The additive is made from spare beef trimmings soaked in ammonium hydroxide (yes, ammonium hydroxide) to kill any bacteria. Many food chains, not limited to McDonald’s, use the slime as fillers for their burgers, chicken nuggets, tacos and other food items.
The process and product is approved by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
The substance came under fire in newspapers, a major documentary and by celebrity chef and food activist Jamie Oliver who exposed the product on his TV show, Food Revolution.
According to the Huffington Post, Taco Bell and Burger King have also agreed to stop using the additive in their products.