(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
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!
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