Sunday, March 21, 2010

More Evidence of Fast Food's Value to Humanity

Mmmmmm. Smells like a good day for a fast food burger. Right? Uh, maybe we'd better re-consider after reading this:

"If you’re in the beef business, what do you do with all the extra cow parts and trimmings that have traditionally been sold off for use in pet food? You scrape them together into a pink mass, inject them with a chemical to kill the e.coli, and sell them to fast food restaurants to make into hamburgers. That’s what’s been happening all across the USA with beef sold to McDonald’s, Burger King, school lunches and other fast food restaurants, according to a New York Times article. The beef is injected with ammonia, a chemical commonly used in glass cleaning and window cleaning products. This is all fine with the USDA, which endorses the procedure as a way to make the hamburger beef 'safe' enough to eat. Ammonia kills e.coli, you see, and the USDA doesn’t seem to be concerned with the fact that people are eating ammonia in their hamburgers."

You can read the whole thing--if your stomach can handle it--here.


  1. Uh, think I'll pass on that burger.... (And dinner, and maybe breakfast, too...)

  2. That's grody. Seriously. But, fortunately, here in SWVA, you can get pretty much any kind of meat you want, raised locally and ethically, and killed humanely. It costs more but isn't it worth the premium to know we're eating clean food and to support our local farmers??