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McDonald's 'pink slime' will soon be off the menu

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McDonald's is planning to ban from its burger recipe a controversial filler known as "pink slime." 

The Ghostbusters sounding food additive is created not by supernatural forces or Zuul, but rather by treating leftover beef trimmings "with ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria," explains ABC LA.

Considered safe by the Department of Agriculture, the practice has received a McFlurry of recent media attention thanks in part to a documentary and campaign led by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

The fast food restaurant chain, with approximately 800 locations in Southern California, said the decision to dump the slime was not based on public criticism.

Perhaps it was the goo's potential for psychoreactive sass in response to human emotional states that influenced the stoppage.