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McDonald's to stop using 'pink slime' additive in food

McDonald's plans to stop using its controversial 'pink slime' food additive in burgers, made from spare beef trimmings.

January 31, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
McDonald's plans to stop using a controversial food additive in its burgers.

The filler, commonly referred to as "pink slime," is made from spare beef trimmings that are treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill any bacteria.

The Department of Agriculture said the practice is safe, but it's recently come under fire in newspapers, a documentary and a campaign spearheaded by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

McDonald's says the decision to abandon "pink slime" was not based on popular criticism.