Friday, January 8, 2010


Tuesday, January 05, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of

(NaturalNews) If you're in the beef business, what do you do with all the

extra cow parts and trimmings that have traditionally been sold off for

use in pet food? You scrape them together into a pink mass, inject them

with a chemical to kill the e.coli, and sell them to fast food restaurants to

make into hamburgers.

That's what's been happening all across the USA with beef sold to

McDonald's, Burger King, school lunches and other fast food

restaurants, according to a New York Times article. The beef is

injected with ammonia, a chemical commonly used in glass cleaning

and window cleaning products.

This is all fine with the USDA, which endorses the procedure as a way

to make the hamburger beef "safe" enough to eat. Ammonia kills e.coli,

you see, and the USDAdoesn't seem to be concerned with the fact that

people are eating ammonia in their hamburgers.

This ammonia-injected beef comes from a company calledBeef Products,

Inc. As NYT reports, the federal school lunchprogram used a whopping

5.5 million pounds of ammonia-injected beef trimmings from this company

in 2008. This company reportedly developed the idea of using ammonia to

sterilize beef before selling it for human consumption.

Aside from the fact that there's ammonia in the hamburgermeat, there's

another problem with this company's products:The ammonia doesn't

always kill the pathogens. Both e.coli and salmonella have been found

contaminating the cow-derived products sold by this company.

This came as a shock to the USDA, which had actually exempted the

company's products from pathogen testing and product recalls. Why

was it exempted? Because the ammonia injection process was deemed

so effective that the meat products were thought to be safe beyond

any question.

What else is in there?

As the NYT reports, "The company says its processed beef, a
mashlike substance frozen into blocks or chips, is used in a majority
of the hamburger sold nationwide. But it has remained little known
outside industry and government circles. Federal officials agreed to
the company's request that the ammonia be classified as a 'processing
agent' and not an ingredient that would be listed on labels."

Fascinating. So you can inject a beef product with a chemical found
in glass cleaning products and simply call it a "processing agent" --
with the full permission and approval of the USDA, no less! Does
anyone doubt any longer how deeply embedded the USDA is with
the beef industry?

Apparently, this practice of injecting fast food beef with ammonia has
been a well-kept secret for years. I never knew this was going on, and
this news appears to be new information to virtually everyone. The real
shocker is that "a majority" offast food restaurants use this ammonia-
injected cow-derived product in their hamburger meat. It sort of makes
you wonder: What else is in there that we don't know about?

"School lunch officials and other customers complained about the
taste and smell of the beef," says the NYT. No wonder. It's been
pumped full of chemicals.

There are already a thousand reasons not to eat fast food. Make this
reason number 1,001. Ammonia. It's not supposed to be there.

You can get the same effect by opening a can of dog food made with
beef byproducts, spraying it with ammonia, and swallowing it. That is
essentially what you're eating when you order a fast food burger.

It's almost enough to make you want to puke. If you do so, please
aim it at your windows, because ammonia cuts through grease like
nothing else, leaving your windows squeaky clean!

Sources for this story include:
NY Times:

ABC News:


Laura ~Peach~ said...

geee there went my indulgent 1 dollar burger kiig double cheeseburger.... is the chicken safe to eat out???

Anonymous said...

make sure you watch the movie Food inc