Decade-old news about Jamie Oliver and McDonald’s is still circulating…

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No, there was no legal case. Jamie Oliver went on social media.

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Some people are so free and naive that they almost instantly forward what they receive. They don’t question. They don’t check. They forward.

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Did Jamie Oliver Prove McDonald’s Burgers Are Unfit for Human Consumption?

An outdated controversy about McDonald’s use of beef treated with ammonium hydroxide resurfaced on social media in 2018.

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Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver proved that the meat in McDonald’s hamburgers is “unfit for human consumption” due to the use of beef trimmings treated with bacteria-killing ammonium hydroxide.

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January 2018 saw a spate of clickbait posts on social media attempting to exploit a settled, years-old controversy surrounding McDonald’s use of a product called “ammoniated beef” (also known by other names, including “select lean beef trimmings,” “lean finely textured beef,” as well as the colloquialism “pink slime”) in their hamburgers.

The posts linked to articles on “natural health” web sites touting British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s criticism of McDonald’s use of “substandard” beef treated with the antimicrobial agent ammonium hydroxide (a process which has also been applied to poultry): 

Chef Jamie Oliver Proves McDonald’s Burgers “Unfit for Human Consumption” https://t.co/aEpqrkJZg4

— Rob (@djroblee) January 19, 2018

An article on the web site The Essence of Life reported:

Healthy food supporter Jamie Oliver took on the biggest fast food joint in the world, and he won.

He managed to get the multi national corporation to admit that their burger meat was sub-standard and have vowed to change it.

Oliver highlighted how McDonald’s used ammonium hydroxide to ‘wash’ their beef before it was made into hamburgers, in order to make it fit for human consumption, without this stage the food would not have been legal to sell by nationwide standards. Meat that has not been treated in this way is usually used for dog and cat food.

The ammonium hydroxide is used as an anti-microbial agent which basically acts as a catalyst to turn ‘inedible’ meat into burgers.
Oliver said:
“Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest way for dogs, and after this process, is being given to human beings.”

These claims are partially true. However, what none of the recent articles (including the one above) makes clear is that Oliver’s media campaign against the use of ammoniated beef took place in 2011, and McDonald’s and other large restaurant chains (including Taco Bell and Burger King) stopped using the product later that same year.

A 2013 statement on McDonald’s global corporate web site reads:

McDonald’s does not use lean beef trimmings treated with ammonia, what some individuals call “pink slime,” in our burgers, and hasn’t since 2011. Any recent reports that we do are false.

Burgers are at the heart of the Golden Arches, and the fact is, McDonald’s USA serves only 100% USDA-inspected beef — no preservatives, no fillers, no extenders — period.  

Prior to 2011, to assist with supply, McDonald’s USA, like many other food retailers, used this safe product but it is no longer part of our supply. 

The public controversy over the widespread use of ammoniated beef (which McDonald’s describes as “safe,” as you may have noted above) actually took off in 2009, when the New York Times ran an article questioning the safety of the product. At that time it could be found in “a majority of the hamburger sold nationwide,” the Times reported, including that used in school lunch programs. Despite being deemed safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and effective at curbing bacterial growth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), evidence had come to light that E. coli and salmonella contamination was found at some of the plants that produced the ammoniated lean beef trimmings. The USDA promised closer oversight.
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The FDA and USDA continue to maintain that the chemical process is “generally recognized as safe” and that meat and poultry properly treated with ammonium hydroxide is acceptable for human beings to consume.

Did Jamie Oliver Prove McDonald’s Burgers Are Unfit for Human Consumption?

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McDonald’s loses legal battle with chef Jamie Oliver, who proved that the food they sell is not suitable for ingestion, because it’s highly toxic.
Chef Jamie Oliver won a battle against the largest junk food chain in the world. Once Oliver demonstrated how burgers are made, McDonald’s, the franchise announced it will change the recipe.
According to Oliver, the fatty parts of the meat are ′′ washed ′′ with ammonia hydroxide and then used in the meat ′′ pie ′′ packaging to fill the burger. Before this process, according to the host, this meat was already not suitable for human consumption.
Oliver, radical activist chef, who hired a war against the food industry, says: we’re talking about meat that would have been sold as dog food and human beings are served after this process. In addition to meat quality, ammonium hydroxide is harmful to health. Oliver says to this: ′′ The process of pink shit “.
What sane human being would put a piece of ammonium hydroxide soaked meat in a baby’s mouth?
In another of his initiatives Oliver demonstrated how chicken nuggets are made: after selecting the ′′ best parts ′′ – the rest: fat, skin, cartilage, visceras, bones, head, legs, they undergo a smoothie-mechanical separation – it’s the understatement that engineers use in food, and then that blood-rosy pasta is deodorated, discolored, reodorized and repainted, capped in melcocha melcocha flouracea and fried, this is re-found in usually partially hydrogenated, i.e. toxic.
In the USA, Burger King and Taco Bell have already abandoned the use of ammonium in their products. The food industry uses ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent, which allowed McDonald’s to use in its meat burgers, which is not suitable for human consumption.
But even more disturbing is the situation that these ammonium hydroxide-based substances are considered ‘ legitimate components in production process s’ in the food industry with the blessings of health authorities around the world. Consumers will never be able to find out what substances they put in our food.

jamieoliver #mcdonalds

Ivan De Falco

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4 Responses to Decade-old news about Jamie Oliver and McDonald’s is still circulating…

  1. This is insane!!! I am never eating at McDonald’s again!! I can’t believe they would make something THIS bad for us!!! (Well I honestly can) if I were Jamie I would definitely do exactly what he has done!

  2. Ted E Plum says:

    Ok, so Micky D’s quit it after 2009, so they were using it before that. So how is this lawsuit false? The question now is, what the hell is McDonalds using now to sell us in the meat?

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