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Care2 Success! No More Pink Slime For McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell

Care2 Success! No More Pink Slime For McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell


McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell have all announced that they are discontinuing the use of ammonium hydroxide, otherwise known as pink slime, in their beef.

Care2 Victory!

Congratulations to Shannan Nelson, who created a Care2 petition demanding that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stop the use of pink slime in the U.S.A., and garnered over 10,000 signatures! The FDA apparently doesn’t care, but at least the big three fast-food giants are paying attention.

As I wrote here last year, pink slime is made from the fatty sweepings from the slaughterhouse floor, which are notoriously rife with pathogens like E. coli 0157 and antibiotic-resistant salmonella. Once swept up, the scraps are sent through a series of machines, which grinds them into a paste, separates out the fat, and laces the substance with a mixture of water and ammonia (ammonium hydroxide) to kill those pathogens.

Some Ammonium Hydroxide With Your Burger?

Sounds tasty, right?

Even worse, the USDA allows this ammonia-treated meat to enter the marketplace with no labeling requirement on the packaging to inform the consumer that the meat they are about to buy contains ammonia.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver can also claim the end of pink slime as one more victory in his food revolution.

Jamie Oliver Applauds

From National Post:

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.


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.

Beef Products Inc. produces the beef for McDonald’s USA. On its website, the company said that ammonium hydroxide naturally occurs in most foods. The company claims that the use of it in processing beef results in a reduction in bacteria such as e-coli.

But Mr. Oliver campaigned against its use and argued that the U.S. Department of Agriculture should at least force the company to put the compound on the list of ingredients. He further claimed it can be found in 70% of beef in the United States.

McDonald’s Canada Uses Only Pure Beef

Karin Campbell, spokeswoman for McDonald’s Canada, said the additive had not been used in the burgers in Canada. According to Campbell,  McDonald’s beef in Canada comes from Cargill beef producers, a different company from the one used in the United States. She said the only ingredients used in their burgers was 100% beef, salt and pepper.

Congratulations to Shannan Nelson, and thank you to all the Care2 members who signed her petition. Here’s to some healthier eating options!


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7:59PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Good job care2. Lets keep going!

10:03AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Bellissima notizia. Grazie per la condivisione.

10:42AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

What we have all been exposed to here is a classic example of media sensationalism aimed at ratings rather than facts. Let's all be good consumers and educate ourselves before we jump on the ban wagon. There are a plenty of credible sources out there we can use to make our own decisions. "A well informed consumer has the tools to, and will, make good decisions".

7:37PM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

great news

2:19PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Good to know

3:48PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Glad to know thy pink slime Is no longer being used.

7:13PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Why is it ok for our pets to eat this crap?!

8:10AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Just received from Kroger in response to letter of concern

Dear Mary:

Thank you for contacting Kroger. Kroger listens to our customers carefully to provide the high quality products they want at the great prices they deserve. Our customers have expressed their concerns that the use of lean finely textured beef- while fully approved by the USDA for safety and quality-is something they do not want in their ground beef. We highly value customer feedback, and the recent flood of news stories has diminished their confidence in the product. As a result, Kroger will no longer purchase ground beef containing lean finely textured beef. If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to contact me. Thank you for your patronage!

5:05PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

frightening stuff, should be outlawed.

1:04PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Pink Slime, is the name of a new fictionalized short story and with real facts. Pink Slime has America in an uproar. It's the derogatory term for ground-up slaughterhouse meat scraps that's ammonia sanitized. Investigative reporter Digger Cavanaugh has his lunch ruined when a TV report shows what's in 70% of ground beef. Feeling betrayed by the USDA, he investigates pink slime and goes up the food chain. Things are not as he thought. Sample or purchase Pink Slime: Or visit

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