Jamie Oliver & ammonium hydroxide, Sorry McDonald's lovers yucky news
Viral Message: Hamburger chef Jamie Oliver has just won a battle against one of the largest fast food chains in the world, McDonald’s hamburgers are made, the franchise announced it will change its recipe.
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Hamburger chef Jamie Oliver has just won a battle against one of the largest fast food chains in the world. After Oliver showed how McDonald’s hamburgers are made, the franchise announced it will change its recipe.
According to Oliver, the fatty parts of beef are “washed” in ammonium hydroxide and used in the filling of the burger. Before this process, according to the presenter, the food is deemed unfit for human consumption.
According to the chef and presenter, Jamie Oliver, who has undertaken a war against the fast food industry: “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.”
Besides the low quality of the meat, the ammonium hydroxide is harmful to health. Oliver calls it “the pink slime process.”
“Why would any sensible human being put meat filled with ammonia in the mouths of their children?” asked the chef, who wages a war against the fast food industry.
In one of his initiatives, Oliver demonstrates to children how nuggets are made. After selecting the best parts of the chicken, the remains (fat, skin and internal organs) are processed for these fried foods.
The company, Arcos Dorados, the franchise manager in Latin America, said such a procedure is not practiced in the region. The same applies to the product in Ireland and the UK, where they use meat from local suppliers.
In the United States, Burger King and Taco Bell had already abandoned the use of ammonia in their products. The food industry uses ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent in meats, which has allowed McDonald’s to use otherwise “inedible meat.”
Even more disturbing is that because ammonium hydroxide is considered part of the “component in a production procedure” by the USDA, consumers may not know when the chemical is in their food.
On the official website of McDonald’s, the company claims that their meat is cheap because, while serving many people every day, they are able to buy from their suppliers at a lower price, and offer the best quality products.
In addition, the franchise denied that the decision to change the recipe is related to Jamie Oliver’s campaign. On the site, McDonald’s has admitted that they have abandoned the beef filler from its burger patties.
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Viral Message Verification:- A message being shared on the social media of Jamie Oliver just won a battle against McDonald’s forcing them to stop using “pink slime” – a term used to describe washing meat trimmings with ammonium hydroxide.
Let us understand more on ammonium hydroxide, it is a chemical used to preserve meat for a long time, Processed meat treated with ammonia hydroxide turns pink, thus it is often referred to as “pink slime”.
The process of adding ammonium hydroxide is considered “generally safe” by the FDA, and thus the practice is not illegal across the United States.
(a) Ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH, CAS Reg. No. 1336-21-6) is produced by passing ammonia gas into water.
(b) The ingredient meets the specifications of the Food Chemicals Codex, 3d Ed. (1981), p. 20, which is incorporated by reference. Copies are available from the National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20418, or available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ibr_locations.html.
(c) In accordance with 184.1(b)(1), the ingredient is used in food with no limitation other than current good manufacturing practice. The affirmation of this ingredient as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) as a direct human food ingredient is based upon the following current good manufacturing practice conditions of use:
(1) The ingredient is used as a leavening agent as defined in 170.3(o)(17) of this chapter; a pH control agent as defined in 170.3(o)(23) of this chapter; a surface-finishing agent as defined in 170.3(o)(30) of this chapter; and as a boiler water additive complying with 173.310 of this chapter.
(2) The ingredient is used in food at levels not to exceed current good manufacturing practice. The ingredient may also be used as a boiler water additive at levels not to exceed current good manufacturing practice.
(d) Prior sanctions for this ingredient different from the uses established in this section do not exist or have been waived.
[48 FR 52440, Nov. 18, 1983, as amended at 59 FR 14551, Mar. 29, 1994]
What is true in the message above is that McDonald’s US did previously wash meat trimmings with ammonium hydroxide. While the actual reasons are not known, McDonald’s did eventually stop the process of washing meat in ammonium hydroxide back in 2012. The process is no longer being used by McDonald’s since 2012.
In the food industry, the process of using ammonia hydroxide, whilst allowed by the FDA, remains a controversial measure that consistently receives significant public outcry.
Yes, every patty is 100% real beef with no fillers, additives or preservatives. Have more questions? They’re probably answered here.
More questions regarding McDonald’s can be seen at its website.