In my recent story on what modern moms are grateful for, drive-thrus were mentioned more than once. What parent hasn’t been pressed for time and decided, what the heck, let’s just go to McDonald’s?
I don’t take my kids to McDonald’s that often, but if we’re on a road trip or running between school and practice and they’re starving we’ll take a quick detour through the golden arches. And then I read this headline this morning: McDonald’s Removes Pink Slime From Its Hamburgers.
I’m sorry. Did you just say pink slime?
Apparently, McDonald’s and other major fast food outlets have been using a filler in their beef nicknamed “pink slime” for years. It consists of spare beef trimmings treated with ammonium hydroxide. The trimmings are the leftover cow parts we don’t normally eat — I hate to think which parts — and the ammonium hydroxide is used to kill any bacteria, like e. coli, that might be hidden in the trimmings. Excuse me while I throw up.
While this stuff is apparently approved by the USDA, it certainly doesn’t sound like anything I’d want in my burger or my children’s burgers. Glad that McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King have decided to stop using it. The question is, of course, what they’ll be replacing it with …
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