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Your Big Mac Just Got a Little Bit Less Disgusting

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Fans of Mickey D's rejoice, they've suspended their practice of using pink slime in your burgers. Oh, sorry, you didn't know that your "100% pure beef patty" was loaded with the pink gooey mess you see above? Yeah, well, it was. The pink slime is technically meat, because it begins life as a pile of beef scraps, or "select lean beef trimmings," as McD's calls them. The scraps are then soaked in ammonium hydroxide (also used as a household cleaner and in fertilizers), which bleaches the meat and kills all the bacteria that was clinging to it. Then it's ground up and extruded like a giant neon snake of nastiness, before being added into those burgers you so love.

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Thankfully, after realizing that this pink goo was disgusting—and also after pressure from chef Jamie Oliver, though they deny he had anything to do with the decision—McDonald's has stopped using it. Never fear, the pink goo is still widely used in plenty of other food products that are available for your consumption. Now, we'd better get back to worrying about what's lurking inside the rest of the McDonald's menu.

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McDonald's drops use of gooey ammonia-based 'pink slime' in hamburger meat [MSNBC]

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jordanbaker

Oh, thank god — I was actually contemplating trying the new McChicken Bites (or whatever they're called) for lunch today. This has successfully stopped me and postponed my once-yearly McDonald's visit. Thanks, Jezebel!