Published on April 5th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Pink Slime Is Not The Only Ammonia Steeped Food
Over the past few weeks, the controversy over a formerly unapproved meat filler dubbed “pink slime” has raged on in the media, forcing several outlets like McDonald’s and Taco Bell to ban the beef product from their menus after consumer backlash.
One Pennsylvania meat packer was even forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after demand for its products waned in the weeks following the brouhaha, but disinterest in consuming products containing any stated amount of pink slime has not abated. However, Reuters notes that while the hubbub continues, the fact that pink slime is not the only food additive that contains ammonia has been curiously ignored in most of the coverage.
Gary Acuff, director of Texas A&M University’s Center for Food Safety, expressed some confusion at a recent press conference over why the pink slime issue has lodged itself so firmly in the public consciousness. Acuff says that while it may bother some consumers, ammonia is present in baked goods, chocolate and cheese often enough. He muses:
“Ammonia’s not an unusual product to find added to food… We use ammonia in all kinds of foods in the food industry.”
Several major food companies declined to discuss which foods have ammonia additives in them.