It’s hard to fathom that the use of ammonium hydroxide, a technology that has been thoroughly evaluated by regulatory authorities and found to be acceptable for food use, is suddenly under such vicious attack. 

Just a century ago, ammonia refrigeration became part of the food-preservation business. It was used to keep meat cold as it traveled over the nation’s railroads. The meat barons of old Chicago led the way and were thoroughly chastised throughout the country for this “poisonous” way to keep meat cold, versus the former way — ice blocks delivered by horse-driven carts to stores and homes. Some people still call the refrigerator the icebox because the term has endured, although today’s homes and businesses use one of two major types of refrigeration.

The company that in 1980 pioneered production of a certain kind of boneless lean beef uses ammonium hydroxide to kill pathogens. Its goal is to make its product as safe as possible for consumers.

It’s no surprise that not one illness has ever been linked to this product. The company researched and tested ammonium hydroxide for years before using it, and the federal government readily approved its use. The company’s innovations have shown how technology works for the benefit of all Americans.

The U.S. is the land of technological innovation. This occurs in all areas of activity and companies are constantly developing new technologies to enhance Americans’ lifestyle and ensure their comfort and convenience. The U.S. meat industry is appalled at the senseless disparagement of a legitimate, wholesome and safe beef product that is an essential part of the protein supply for Americans.