Big Mac from McDonalds

Despite McDonalds' seemingly good intentions behind its use of "pink slime" in its burgers to fight bacteria commonly found in meats and produce, the controversial additive didn't do the fast food giant any favors.

McDonald's removes slime additive

Although McDonald's claims that the decision to discontinue the slime was made over a year ago, many still believe Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution played a big part in the decision.

McDonald's announced this week that it has completely eliminated the use of the "pink slime," a.k.a. ammonium hydroxide, from its famous hamburgers, according to MSNBC. The slime, a common ingredient in household cleaners and some explosives -- no joke -- was used to kill bacteria found in meat. Despite the USDA claiming this is "generally safe to use for food," the public was outraged when it was discovered and publicized by chef and TV personality, Jamie Oliver.

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Chemical burgers

An episode of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, titled "Pink Slime," aired in April of 2011. Oliver labeled the pink slime "the cheapest form of dog food" and called the use of it in food "shocking." (View Jamie Oliver's episode on pink slime.)

Even though Oliver's episode was seen both nationally and internationally, McDonald's claims the discontinuation of the product was not tied to one event, but instead was made to further its compliance with standards for the global raw beef movement.

This is demonstrated by recent McDonald's commercials, including interviews with ranchers and produce famers, which show a trend toward more local, farm fresh products in its restaurants. In addition, McDonald's claims that the pink slime has been off the supply chain since August of 2010, months before Oliver's episode aired.

Make your own

Whether you believe it or not, I'll argue the best way to avoid pink slime -- or any slime, for that matter -- in your burgers is to cook them at home.

Tell us

Do you believe McDonald's removed "pink slime" from its meat on its own or as a result of Jamie Oliver's show?

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Comments on "Pink slime gone from McDonald's burgers"

Annabelle May 08, 2013 | 3:39 AM

Ew…. I don’t think I’m eating ANYTHING else from McDonald’s ever. Who knows what else is in there?

Travis B. March 14, 2012 | 5:07 PM

If you guys haven't watched the documentary Food Inc. then you all really need to. It's very disturbing and eye-opening.

Merrin February 07, 2012 | 7:20 PM

I definitely have not eaten at McDonalds since I found out they used that and got rid of it. Who knows what else is in that burger!!! GROSS!

Ryan February 07, 2012 | 3:12 PM

Changing the menu and then phasing-out processes take so long with chains like this - I don't see how it couldn't have already been in motion long before Jamie's call-out.

Annie P. February 01, 2012 | 10:53 AM

Great article Claire! This is something that has me so weirded out, and it was great to get more info on it!

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