Pressured by public opinion, McDonald’s has decided to scrap the controversial “pink slime” ingredient from its burgers and chicken. Taco Bell, Burger King, and many other fast food chains that once used the manufactured meat have also stopped using it as well.
The “slime,” which was approved by the FDA, consists of spare beef trimmings that have been treated with ammonium hydroxide (to kills the pathogens and make it more pleasant to eat) and has been the target of health food activists like chef Jamie Oliver for years.
Although some blame the backlash against “pink slime” on “fear mongering” from the likes of Oliver, the documentary Food Inc., and the New York Times, many researchers claim it is actually safe.
Either way, the pink stuff is gone and it looks like your Big Mac will indeed contain two all-beef patties, and no “special” additives.