Here’s What It Looks Like Inside Of A McDonald’s Hamburger Factory
For the first time ever, McDonald’s is giving customers an inside look at one of its US meat processing facilities.
The company released a video Monday starring former “MythBusters” co-host Grant Imahara, who tours a Cargill facility in Fresno, California, that makes, freezes, and ships McDonald’s beef patties.
The video begins with Imahara inspecting cuts of meat on a conveyer belt headed toward a grinder.
He asks whether there is any “pink slime” in the meat, which refers to lean beef trimmings — what’s left of the meat after all the choice cuts of beef are taken — that is treated with ammonium hydroxide, creating the pink hue.
“Lean finely textured beef or so-called pink slime — we don’t use that in our burgers,” says Rickette Collins, director of strategic supply for McDonald’s. (The company has said previously that it stopped using the treated trimmings three years ago.)