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McDonald's Removes Pink Slime from Its Burgers

By Katherine Stone |

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Bet you didn't know this was in your hamburgers.

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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Katherine Stone is the founder of the most widely-read blog in the world on postpartum depression, Postpartum Progress. She writes about parenting and maternal child health on Babble Voices and Babble Cares, as well as at Huffington Post Parents. Katherine is a mom of two and lives in Atlanta. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprog. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katherine's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “McDonald's Removes Pink Slime from Its Burgers

  1. lam says:

    Um, duh. Videos and info on the slime has been around for ages. Nuggets, hot dogs, and burgers are made entirely from or with substantial quantities of the slime. Why do you think so many people refuse to feed this crap to their kids? If you’re going to eat a cow or a pig, at least eat an actual piece of flesh and not some amalgam of reject pieces parts.

  2. LogicalMama says:

    The picture you have above is of the mechanically separated chicken parts that make up chicken nuggets.
    The meat filler is not just used in fast food burger prep, but also at your grocery stores! Most ground beef nowadays has it. And with the FDA backing off of the meat industry now, of course, corporations can say what they want about what they are and aren’t doing–filler, antibiotics, hormones. If you want to guarantee your meat isn’t ammonia soaked, have the butcher grind it for you, or shop at a grocer that offers organic/grass fed beef.

  3. Eric Starson says:

    I first found out about it in this video where Cleveland Clinic researchers dissect fast food burgers:

  4. Sanriobaby =^.^= says:

    Yes, pink slime is even used at many supermarkets and that’s why I’ve invested in a meat grinder attachment on my Kitchen Aid mixer. That way, I know for SURE that the ground meat/chicken/pork is coming from an actual piece and not a bunch of chopped up chemical laced parts.

  5. Kellie says:

    I had no clue! When I think back on all the happy meals I ate as a kid I kinda want to kill myself. This is shocking & disgusting. So glad I haven’t been feeding this crap to my kids!

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