It is not a surprise that fast food is not the healthiest of food choices, but is it unfit for human consumption? TV Chef, Jamie Oliver, has won big against the food industry, proving they use ammonia to clean parts of beef that normally would not be fit for human consumption.

 

The beef industry, particularly Beef Products Inc., takes the parts of the animal that would normally be used only for dog or chicken food, and uses ammonium hydroxide to rid the sub-par meat of harmful bacteria, namely e. coli. The product produced from this process has been coined “pink slime” and is used as a filler to cut the cost for many companies. This process is not used for beef in the U.K. or Ireland and has many wondering why this is allowed in the U.S. by the USDA.

 

TV Chef Jamie Oliver proves pink slime unfit for human consumption (Dailymail.uk.com)

One of the most disconcerting aspects of what Oliver pointed out is the fact that distributors do not have label if they use pink slime in their products. This means that it is legal for companies to not tell people what they are ingesting, even if it may be potentially harmful to them.

 

Upon the media unrest that followed Oliver’s bold statements against pink slime meat, McDonald’s announced it is going to change its receipt and remove pink slime. Does this make McDonald’s food any better to eat? Probably not. Besides from still being high in fat and sodium content, McDonald’s food still contains a whole slew of other additives and chemicals that are not good for the body.

 

With the amount of processing and packaging that goes into making the food people eat, most people do not know exactly where their food is coming from. This is just one step closer to making people more aware of what they are putting in their bodies. It is a victory toward making the origin of our food more transparent.

 

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