McDonald's is well known for including amusing games, contests, and toy offers served side by side with its food. But the so-called "pink slime" associated with McDonald's hamburgers, despite its amusing nickname, has been seen as anything but by critics such as Jamie Oliver and The New York Times. After years of criticism, McDonald's 'pink slime' is a thing of the past.
McDonald's "pink slime," or ammonium hydroxide-treated spare beef trimmings, is used to extend meat products and to kill bacteria. Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver likened the filler to dog food. But McDonald's has confirmed that its use of the additive is a thing of the past, telling The Daily Mail that it hasn't used the pink slime for several months.
McDonald's released an official statement on its decision to discontinue use of "pink slime". In the statement, Todd Bacon, McDonald's Senior Director of Quality Systems, Supply Chain Management, says, "At the beginning of 2011, we made a decision to discontinue the use of ammonia-treated beef in our hamburgers. This product has been out of our supply chain since August of last year. This decision was a result of our efforts to align our global standards for how we source beef around the world."
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