Jamie Oliver Proves McDonald’s Burgers “Unfit for human consumption”


Jamie Oliver won a battle against one of the largest fast food chains in the world. After Oliver showed how McDonald’s hamburgers are made, the franchise announced it will change its recipe.

Oliver repeatedly explained to the public, over several years – in documentaries, television shows and interviews – that the fatty parts of beef are “washed” in ammonium hydroxide and used in the filling of the burger. Before this process, according to the presenter, the food is deemed unfit for human consumption. According to the chef and hamburger enthusiast, Jamie Oliver, who has undertaken a war against the fast food industry, “Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest way for dogs, and after this process, is being given to human beings.”

Besides the low quality of the meat, the ammonium hydroxide is harmful to health. Oliver famously coined this the “the pink slime process.”

“Why would any sensible human being put meat filled with ammonia in the mouths of their children?” Oliver asked.

In one of his colorful demonstrations, Oliver demonstrates to children how nuggets are made. After selecting the best parts of the chicken, the remains (fat, skin and internal organs) are processed for these fried foods.

In reply to all of the bad press this process has received from Oliver, the company Arcos Dorados, the franchise manager for McDonalds in Latin America, said such a procedure is not practiced in their region. The same, it should  be noted, applies to the product in Ireland and the UK, where they use meat from local suppliers.

In the United States, however, Burger King and Taco Bell had already abandoned the use of ammonia in their products. The food industry uses ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent in meats, which has allowed McDonald’s to use otherwise “inedible meat.”

Most disturbing of all is the horrifying fact that because ammonium hydroxide is considered part of the “component in a production procedure” by the USDA, consumers may not know when the chemical is in their food.

On the official website of McDonald’s, the company claims that their meat is cheap because, while serving many people every day, they are able to buy from their suppliers at a lower price, and offer the best quality products. But if “pink slime” was really the “best quality” that McDonalds can muster in the US, then why were they able do better in Latin America and Europe? More to the point, why can they apparently do better now in the United States?

These questions remains unanswered by the franchise which has denied that the decision to change the recipe is related to Jamie Oliver’s campaign. On the site, McDonald’s has admitted that they have abandoned the beef filler from its burger patties.



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177 Responses to "Jamie Oliver Proves McDonald’s Burgers “Unfit for human consumption”"

  1. Viktoria  July 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Willow we already know that you don’t need GMO to feed the world. That’s just what companies like Monsanto want you to believe so they can continue making their millions! Why don’t you try making your own Taco Bell crispy – I bet it will be tastier!!

  2. Walt  July 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    @ Willow Wheeler – Increasing food yields is not the goal of genetic modification. That is accomplished by selective breeding. GMOs are about one thing – monopolizing food production. It’s the ultimate prize for corporations because EVERYONE buys food. But don’t take my word for it.

  3. bubbles  July 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    to be fair wouldn’t even bother leaving a reply to ‘K’ -who do you work for ,are you the K in KFC person if your’e that ‘ill’ advised better sort yourself out on some spirulina and start getting real-doesn’t deserve any recognition in this discussion. complete lack of sight and research shockingly boring comment. with a bit of concious growth start writing something enlightening, progressive, useful- have a feeling your’e grappling with getting there just a few taco bells less and the clouds might have a chance to part from your mind body and spirit.

    • K  July 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      @bubbles. Your making me laugh in bubbles.

      No I do not work for any large corporation, Do you? Your comments sure indicate it as such. My knowledge is acquired by working with volunteers who help out those who are poor and hungry.

  4. kyser  July 18, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Money is more important than people

  5. sally waid  July 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Who is paying Willow to ma
    ke these comments?

  6. thetruthisoutthere  July 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    @ everyone responding to Willow Wheeler

    Never correct an idiot, for he will hate you. Correct a wise man, for he will appreciate you.

  7. startrekker21  July 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I understand that chicken nuggets and all processed chicken is actually the entire chicken – including BEAKS, EYES, FEET – pushed through a giant masher into a mix that is then put through the ammonium hydroxide process. This, too, is the pink slime.

  8. sylvia towle  July 21, 2013 at 1:52 am

    food today is a war on the uneducated, ignorant, and people unwilling to hear the true, or reasearch the issues. food today is a bigger threat than nuclear warfare. and we hand our lives over to there power and control without a struggle. i hope i am no longer alive when the bill come due

  9. Hippie  August 3, 2013 at 12:28 am


    • sylvia  August 3, 2013 at 1:18 am

      i have not eaten there for many years

  10. MediaWeasel  August 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Haven’t eaten a McDonald’s ANYTHING since ’81 and woke up to what was going on in the food industry.

  11. Polly  August 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Please research factory farming and then justify what is on your plate

  12. Krystal  October 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Just look at [GRAPHIC MATERIAL] meatvideo.com Proceed with caution.
    Why would you want to even buy meat to support what they do?

  13. sherry highbaugh (@sunspotbaby2U)  October 21, 2013 at 3:30 am

    i have almost stopped with McDonalds.. the only thing i really like is their oatmeal and their coffee..


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