Famous chef and presenter Jamie Oliver has won a battle against fast food giant McDonald’s, showing exactly how their hamburgers are made, which has caused the chain to announce it’s changing the recipe.
Oliver stated that fatty beef parts are soaked in ammonium hydroxide thus turning the completely unfit for consumption meat into edible. Oliver adds that knowing what the meat looks like before this process, you wouldn’t feed it to your dog, let alone to your children. Besides, ammonium hydroxide can really damage your health.
Oliver made a demonstration in front of children showing how nuggets are actually prepared. Not surprisingly, only the remains of the chicken such as skin, internal organs and fat are used for these fried foods. Franchises in Latin America, Ireland and UK claim such practice is not common in their regions.
Burger King and Taco Bell have already stopped using ammonia in the meat. McDonald’s, on the other hand, was able to sell inedible meat because the ammonium hydroxide they put in acts as a anti-microbial agent. Consumers may also be alarmed by the fact that the harmful chemical solution is classified by USDA as a “component in a production procedure”, which makes it hard to know whether it is in the food or not.
McDonald’s asserts their meat is cheap because they buy it from suppliers at a lower price which is affordable considering the number of people they serve every day. The company states their changing the recipe has nothing to do with Oliver’s campaign and also informs they have stopped adding ammonium hydroxide in their beef burgers.