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Safety of McDonald's burgers questioned

By Zheng Jinran (China Daily)

09:10, February 06, 2012

BEIJING - Many customers want McDonald's Corp to release more information on so-called "pink slime", after the company officially denied the use in its hamburger products in China, but McDonald's said on Sunday it had no plans to make further comment on the issue.

The ammonia-treated beef, or the selected lean beef trimmings as the company calls it, hasn't been used in meals since last year.

"This product has been out of our supply chain since August of last year," McDonald's said in a statement.

"We are always reviewing and evolving our standards to ensure we continue to serve safe, high-quality food to our customers."

The use of ammonia-treated beef has been approved by the US Department of Agriculture, meaning that it is generally recognized as safe.

"In China, the use of it as a production procedure is also acceptable under the relevant laws," said Fan Zhihong, an assistant professor at China Agricultural University's college of food science and nutritional engineering.

"But with the addition of certain acids, ammonium hydroxide can turn into ammonium nitrate. More important, 'pink slime' is usually used as animal food in some countries. That could cause some people to feel disgusted when consuming such beef."

McDonald's China, the management authority for the third-largest market of the world's leading fast food chain, issued a public announcement about the substance, saying: "The quality and safety of food for our customers is a top priority. Beef in the hamburgers is all fresh, which means no ammonium hydroxide."

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Anthony at 2012-02-0899.251.111.*
It is very appauling to see American junk food infecting the food chain in China!
PD User at 2012-02-0794.195.123.*
There will be widespread obesity like US! Chinese people should stick to wholesome Chinese foods instead of unhealthy McDonald"s industrial foods. Act now before it becomes a health time bomb as that of cigarette consumption.
SURI at 2012-02-0774.248.255.*
Too many pretty girls and boys in China. Mcdonalds can fix that.
Tracker at 2012-02-06122.107.87.*
There is NOTHING healthy about McDonald"s. Stick to Chinese food to stay slim and trim :-)
wende at 2012-02-0671.255.83.*
Food safety department of China should do its job of checking the foreign food products because they tend to be more reckless as they are employing more advanced ingredients so they think they will not be caught. Of course, watch out for the corrupt Chinese officials as well.

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