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Ammonia laden burgers!

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posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:03 AM

The New York Times reports that one of the main suppliers of processed beef filler to fast food restaurants like McDonald's and Burger King -- not to mention school lunch and grocery store meat -- had been using ammonia as a means of killing E. coli O157:H7 and salmonella.

Yes. Ammonia.

Years ago, the supplier, Beef Products Inc., figured out a way to process and treat the inedible bits from the carcass -- bits that "typically include most of the material from the outer surfaces of the carcass," the article reports. The processed filler, when mixed into ground beef, is intended to reduce the cost of beef and thus boost profit margins.


Just another reason not to eat fast food or store bought ground beef, not only does it contain fillers that most any person would deem inedible but they spray it down with ammonia. According to this article tho they can't spray it with too much ammonia, because it will taste like crap, so there is still a very good chance a lot of the pathogens are surviving.

I urge anyone who eats meat to source out the best possible stuff you can, this probably isn't an isolated incident, most of these mass meat packing houses are known for using unscrupulous practices. Farmers markets are usually a really good source or search around the web for a near by farm that has grass fed meat.

[edit on 6-1-2010 by Rawhemp]

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:08 AM
B-b-b-b-b-but government inspection promised me the food would be safe?

Guess they were too busy chasing after a guy making biscuits in his home they missed the ammonia thing. Understandable.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:10 AM
The practice is pretty disturbing, but in the interest of science, let me add that small quantities of ammonia are not toxic at all. On the contrary, ammonium chloride (pretty much same stuff, actually), is used in my favorite candy:

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:16 AM
It's a good thing they are looking out for us, I would hate to eat contaminated beef.

Besides, is a minute amount of ammonia that bad?

Not only that, a cow gave it's life so we can eat delicious crap, to waste meat to contamination is, well, a waste of a cows life.

And, less waste = less cows slaughtered.

I have valuable coupons from BK, McD, and Harvey's that came in the mail, and I am going to use them. And I can eat that meat with confidence.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:27 AM
I am eating spaghetti and meatballs as I read this.

Now i am not so sure about the meatballs.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:29 AM
reply to post by DrumsRfun

Toss them on the floor. If it's cleaner after picking them up than it was before you threw them down the ammonia content is high.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:38 AM
If meat is properly cooked, it doesn't have to be treated with chemicals to prevent contamination. If beef from a healthy animal is properly cared for during the slaughtering process, you can eat it raw. Modern processing keeps proper care to a minimum. Fast food and our modern lifestyle means that you can't count on the meat being properly cared for from 'on the hoof' until it enters your mouth. So enter chemicals, government and corporate guidelines.... people still die of e.coli infections.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:41 AM
Title almost sounds like the taliban are opening a chain of fast food restaurants. I honestly dont want to think about half the stuff they must put in foods they would take profit over ethics anyday.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:44 AM
Another reminder to stay away from fast (fake) food and anything else you don't know where it came from.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 10:45 AM
I remember back in the early 1990s I had an after school job at a grocery chain (Food Lion) and they were busted doing the same thing. They were also treating the meat with something else so that the meat would regain/maintain it's "fresh" red color. It didn't take long after that before Food Lion was out of business here in Dallas.


posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 11:40 AM

Originally posted by Aggie Man
They were also treating the meat with something else so that the meat would regain/maintain it's "fresh" red color.

Most likely Nitrite

I just can't believe i use to eat that crap with glee, getting a McDonalds cheeseburger used to be the pinnacle of my day lol. I used to be very fond of the school hamburgers as well(for some odd reason) and that stuff is probably the worst unfortunately. Its pretty amazing they feed our kids worst stuff then serves at fast food joints.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 11:49 AM
Mmmm. Ammonia burgers. My fave.

It may be time to take another look at becoming a vegetarian.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 02:27 PM
I buy everything from local farm shops, prepare and cook everything from scratch, I know that may sound old fashioned, but my kids are healthy on it, they dont get fast food, if i can help it, but im not always in control of the menu. But that is what i would advise people to do, don't get the supermarket pre packed stuff, go local and be safe, safer anyway.


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