by Mike Adams
the Health Ranger
January 05, 2010
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
That's what's been happening all across the USA with beef sold to,
...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
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 USDA doesn't seem to be concerned with the
fact that people are eating ammonia in their hamburgers.
This ammonia-injected beef comes from a company called
Beef Products, Inc. As NYT reports,
the federal school lunch program 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 hamburger meat,
there's another problem with this company's products: The ammonia
doesn't always kill the pathogens.
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
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
As the NYT reports,
"The company says its processed
beef, a mash-like 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" of fast food
restaurants use this ammonia-injected cow-derived product in their
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
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.