Incase you don't have time to watch, the video depicts the process that is used widely throughout the United States. Scrap meat and waste that would normally be thrown away or used in dog food is mechanically separated, treated with ammonia hydroxide, and then added into regular, usable meat. The ammonia hydroxide, typically used as a household cleaner and in fertilizer, is used to help disinfect the meat from any disease it may be housing, such as salmonella. The mechanical separation is typically done in a spinning device, much like a household clothes dryer, to separate the meat from the bone and cartilage.
Oliver goes on to say that this type of thing horrifies him as a food lover, knowing that this process is widely used throughout America. And the worst part is, the FDA, the administration in charge of protecting us from dangerous practices like this, doesn't require companies to list the ammonia hydroxide as an ingredient, because they feel that it is not an integral part of the makeup of the food. So yes, you could easily be eating this type of meat and have no idea.
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