By now I’m sure you have seen the image to the left on facebook, twitter, or around the internet. The “Pink Goop” as it has been referred to in the past, is McDonald’s secret beef recipe for making burgers. When the image came out on a news site, the image went viral over night – Chef Jamie Oliver just called it quits and said the the ammonium hydroxide soaked pink beef is no longer going to be used in their patties. McDonald’s has finally received enough pressure and will ditch the use of the pink goop beef in all it’s burgers, a process that took several years.
If you’re wondering what in the world this pink goop is made out of, the answer is pretty simple – it’s actually made of of “beef trimmings” which are the undesirable, leftover crap of a cow. These leftovers are good … if you’re a dog … but not for humans. The beef trimmings are then processed and soaked in ammonium hydroxide which gives it the pink color, and then they are churned into ground beef.
It’s taken a while but McDonald’s has finally decided to step up its standards in the US and will no longer use the pink BPI meat in the USA. They will continue to use the goo in other countries since they haven’t figured out what is in their McPatties yet. If you’ve eaten a burger from McDonald’s in the past – we all have – you may have noticed that it tasted fine, but pink goop meat is so bad that US Department of Agriculture microbiologist Geral Zirnstein doesn’t even consider “the stuff to be ground beef” and considers “allowing it in ground beef to be a form of fraudulent labeling.”
Other restaurants were doing the same thing, but McDonald’s was the only one that got the heat, after McDonald’s said they were going to discontinue the use of the Goop, Burger King and Taco Bell also came out saying they will no longer use the ammonium hydroxide soaked beef and beef trimmings – finally, I can eat more human food and less dog food when I’m getting my dollar burger. Expect the price of the dollar menu to go up though, this was a way to keep costs down and now that they can’t use the goop, they’ll be forced to buy better meat products… and we’re going to be stuck with the bill. [CBS News, Daily Mail]