Jamie Oliver, the popular chef, won a victory against the biggest fast food chains on the planet-McDonalds, after providing a relevant proof that their hamburgers actually contain numerous unhealthy ingredients.
The fast food chain was obliged to announce that they will change the recipe, but still not a single mainstream medium reported this publicly.
Jamie Oliver has already tried to shed a light on this fact for years, in interviews, television shows, and documentaries. According to him, fatty parts of the beef are in fact “washed” in ammonium hydroxide and used in the filling of these burgers.
This is what makes them unfit for human consumption. Oliver claims that “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.”
This reduces the quality of the meat in the burger, because the ammonium hydroxide is detrimental to health. Oliver named the process “The pink slime process.”
This ingredient is believed to be a part of the “component in a production procedure” by the USDA, so consumers are not even aware that they are ingesting this harmful chemical.
Oliver asked- “Why would any sensible human being put meat filled with ammonia in the mouths of their children?” He used various demonstrations where he showed the process of production of nuggets, in which the remains of the chicken are processed and fried, while the best parts are removed.
The company Arcos Dorados, which is the franchise manager for McDonalds in Latin America, replied that they did not use this same practice in their area which applies to the products in the UK and Ireland, where burgers are made from meat purchased from local suppliers.
Burger King and Taco Bell in the United States have already stopped using the ammonia in their products. This dangerous chemical is used in the food industry as an anti-microbial agent in meats, creating an opportunity for McDonald’s to use otherwise “inedible meat.”
The company commented on their official website that their meat is sold cheaply because they purchase it at a lower price, and they still offer the best quality products.
Now, we are aware of the “pink slime”, so how come they do not offer the same quality in Latin America and Europe?
Jamie Oliver’s campaign has opened numerous other questions which unfortunately are left unanswered by the franchise.
They even deny that their decision to change the recipe is because of the discovery of the famous chef, but they have officially admitted that they no longer use the beef filler for the burger fatties.
Oliver’s efforts are mostly aiming to raise the awareness of the general public, because we are responsible for our own health. We all need to know what we’re eating so that we can avoid severe consequences on our wellbeing and complete health.