Wednesday, February 01, 2012

adios pink stuff

Hamburger eaters who recognize that all politics is ultimately about food will rejoice at the news that McDonald's will no longer be using the infamous pink slime (ammonium hydroxide) to treat the beef that goes into their burgers.

"At the beginning of 2011, we made a decision to discontinue the use of ammonia-treated beef in our hamburgers. This product has been out of our supply chain since August of last year," says a company spokesperson.

The ammonia was probably intended to double as a preservative and disinfectant, the way I understand such things. It's strictly business -- McDonald's trying to stay on top of the public's preferences -- and "The bidness of this nation is bidness,"* as we all know.

I consider it a good move even though I never eat at McDonald's. But of course, I realize there are probably people out there who actually like pink slime -- you know, the ones whose palates prefer the zing of ammonium hydroxide, so tingly compared to boring old sodium chloride.

*Quote: Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States.

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