Those Golden Arches are looking a little pink sluggish lately after Jamie Oliver, Food Revolution, proved that McDonald's meat recipe is deemed "Unfit for Human Conception". Several years of interviews, tv-shows and demonstrations to help the public.
Ammonia/ammonium hydroxide is one of a number of processing aids used with meat and poultry in order to ensure the safety of these foods before they are delivered to consumers. -BPI
Oliver demonstrates in video below, where our meat comes from and a similar process McDonald's uses to hamburger patty. The "beef filler" otherwise coined as "shit" in the industry is doused with Ammonium Hydroxide and then put through what seems like a washing machine to create a "Pink Slime". McDonald's in the US has now changed its meat recipe as of 2011 and says it will be out of the system in August of that year.
McDonalds doesn't have a world wide standard as Arcos Dorados, McDonalds in Latin America, explains "such a procedure is not practiced in their region." Similar production of "pink slim" does not apply to the product in Ireland and the UK, where they use meat from local suppliers. Other US companies such as Burger King a Taco Bell have already "abandoned" this washing meat process.
On http://www.beefproducts.com/ammonium_hydroxide.php, "This is really nothing new. In fact, the presence or use of ammonia in foods has been studied for years."
McDonald's Changes their Recipe after deemed UNFIT for Consumption
The USDA does not mandate Ammonium Hydroxide be put on food labels, because it is a “component in a production procedure”. Suddenly, $9 for organic ground beef seems cheaper, found at the Ferry Building, SF.
"This is really nothing new. In fact, the presence or use of ammonia in foods has been studied for years." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, study showing table of Ammonium Hydroxide in food developed in 1973. -BPI http://www.beefproducts.com/ammonium_hydroxide.php
"pink slime" I'm not afraid of no Ghost, but definitely pink slime. Oliver reports that 70% of Americas ground beef has the Ammonium Hydroxide treatment.
Ammonium Hydroxide is a naturally occurring in food, but not the point of "washing" it. For another good documentary watch FOOD INC. on Netflix.