secret hamburger ingredients

NYTimes Michael Moss:

Records he unearthed show that hamburgers can be “made from a mix of slaughterhouse trimmings and a mash-like product derived from scraps that were ground together at a plant in Wisconsin.”

Some of the ingredients were treated with ammonia to kill bacteria.

Mashed meat scraps? Ammonia? If it weren’t for Moss, we might not know that.

The meat industry, Moss writes, treats “the ingredients in ground beef as trade secrets.”

tip Knight Science Tracker. Paul Raeburn says, “This is investigative reporting at its finest. Give it a careful read. And give it some thought. What other stories are crying out for the same treatment?”