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McDonald's Pink Slime in Fast Food Special Sauce Beef

Updated on November 29, 2015

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Pink Slime Beef

We all know that fast food is not the healthiest food option available to us but I honestly didn’t know what kind of things were actually in the food. I always envisioned the food as being some kind of hot dog or sausage creation made with parts we only see consumed on episodes of Fear Factor.

A few months ago Taco Bell was sued over the labeling of its ground beef used in a variety of foods on their menu. An aggressive advertising campaign was launched, by Taco Bell, to clear their name and re-insure the general population that their ground beef was only beef and spices contrary to the claims made that it was not. After the lawsuit was dropped everything seemed to quite down on the criticizing fast food front; until now.

I doubt many of us would be very surprised to hear that a fast food chain uses processed foods. We all know and understand that there isn't a trained gourmet chef working in the back of the restaurant preparing our order after we give it. With that being said I didn't know exactly how the food was processed. I also can't help but wonder if we should even refer to these items as food anymore after it undergoes this treatment.

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Pink Slime Ground Beef

McDonald's has come out and announced that it no longer uses ammonium hydroxide in its beef preparation. This lovely scientific creation even has a cute little nickname of “pink slime”. With such an adorable name it has to be OK, right? Maybe they can market a happy meal toy after this contraption so the kids can really play with their food?

Personally I cannot remember the last time I ate anything from McDonald's and my consumption of fast food, in general, has to be very low compared to our national average.

Living out in a rural community helps my family keep fast food out of our meal options. With the nearest “restaurant” fifteen to twenty minutes away it is just not convenient for us. Fortunately both of our kids have never developed a taste for McDonalds’ food. I can even remember our daughter, when she was probably five or six years old, turning down McDonald's because “it was not real food”. Knowing now what kind of stuff they put into those burgers she probably had no idea how right she was.

Prepared Food

I’m sure this issue cannot be solely related to how McDonald's prepares their food. The U.S. Agriculture Department says the chemical is “generally recognized as safe”, whatever that is supposed to mean. With all of your public relations experts on your payroll telling people that this pink goop is “generally safe” is the best that you guys could do? Didn’t we used to think that lead and asbestos were OK too?

I think this opens up a whole new Pandora’s Box of potentially harmful problems with our food supply. My wife and I have always had our issues with how the Food and Drug Administration blesses things before they become available for human consumption. Our concern gets validated when they have to yank a product off of the shelves, after a few years, because it is causing some kind of internal damage and/or killing people.

Personally I don't get how any produce can obtain approval from the FDA and then cause so many problems only a few years later. My guess is the biggest problem in how they review any new product is money. Companies spend capital researching a new product and they can't begin to get some of that money back until the product hits the market and consumers begin purchasing it. Isn't a wonderful feeling believing that our personal health is being put at risk to answer to shareholders?

Maybe the Food and Drug Administration should work with the PR people at the U.S. Agriculture Department to come up with some colorful way to tell us that what they approved is killing people but they thought it was “generally” OK?

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    • adjkp25 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Idaho

      Kosmo-You may have a point.

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      Kelley Marks 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Doesn't fast food mean they're pulling a "fast one" on us when they persaude us to buy it? Later!

    • adjkp25 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Idaho

      badpoet81-Agreed on you get what you pay for. As consumers we just need to see what is on the labels of the food we are eating.

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      9 years ago

      This is why fast food is often a cheaper way to eat, because the ingredients aren’t what you might expect. I wouldn’t worry about ammonium hydroxide too much because it has been used in professional baking for a very long time, essentially as a more effective alternative to baking soda. Your point is taken; it is very important to be vigilant about what we as individuals eat, especially for those of us who feed others. Mechanically separated meat is the only way to make what is essentially potted meat, seem somewhat palatable. I’m reminded of the maxims… “You get what you pay for,” and “You are what you eat.”

    • adjkp25 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Idaho

      It does make you think twice before hitting your local drive thru doesn't it?

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      Sarah Writes 

      9 years ago from California

      Wow is all I have to say! It’s amazing the “ingredients” that are put into our food. I myself have never liked fast food, but on occasion have eaten it, but after seeing this never again. I’m would rather be hungry then filled with pink slim… so incredibly disgusting. Thanks for hubbing about this, take care :)


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