Excuse me while I gag.

Earlier this week McDonald’s announced that it would stop using a food additive frequently referred to as “pink slime.” The substance, however, is completely legal and can still be found in school cafeterias around America.

The pink slime is in fact an ammonia-based solution, used to help kill bacteria in low-grade meat.

It is approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, according to a 2010 New York Times article, used in “the majority of hamburger” sold in America.

“They wash this meat and that kills E-coli and pathogens and salmonella. Then we drain it and mince it,” said celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. “It’s typically cheap meat given dogs, but after it’s processed it can be given to humans.”  Q13

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