2 January 2010

Amonia in beef?

I don't know which factoid is more upsetting--that people are injecting beef with amonia (and putting it in school lunches nationwide) or that E. coli is still being found in this beef. At least we'll have millions of subjects to test years from now in one vast longitudinal study. Personally, I'll order the vegeburger.

6 comments:

BadTux said...

There's nothing inherently wrong with washing the beef fat with ammonia before you throw it into the grind, because the ammonia will simply evaporate out of the final mix when you cook it. The problem is that it only addresses the e.coli that's in the "miscellaneous trimmings", not the e.coli that's in the rest of the beef being ground.

Hamburger meat is inherently contaminated because it gets ground and any bacteria on the surface gets thoroughly mixed in with the rest of the meat. That is why any hamburger must be thoroughly cooked -- if you eat a rare hamburger, expect to get sick. By contrast, the bacteria on a slab of steak is all on the outside, so if you cook the slab of steak it gets seared off the outside even if the inside is still raw and rare. There is a solution to this problem -- irradiate the beef that's going into the grind with UV light on all sides for five minutes before it goes into the grind, or irradiate it with some other high-energy radiation that breaks the chromosomes of the bacteria and renders it unable to reproduce and thus harmless -- but nobody wants to do that because a) it would cost money, and b) the rabid idiot greenies would start shouting about how the FDA wants us all to glow in the dark with radiation poisoning or some crap like that. But until one of those two things happens, we're going to keep seeing these stories no matter how much ammonia is added to beef trimmings to try to render them inert, because it's simply the nature of the beast. Just cook your burgers thoroughly, and use clean-dirty technique in your kitchen that assumes they're contaminated. Because they are.

- Badtux the Burger-lovin' Penguin

Karlo said...

Or eat vegeburgers! (:

Comrade Kevin said...

I dunno. I'm not giving up my omnivorous nature.

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Nicholas said...

I can't say I'm too happy about the beef I at having an ingredient in common with cat pee. After seeing "Fast Food Nation" I'm also worried about the amount of cow excrement that gets int the beef we eat.

libhom said...

I'm glad I don't like beef.