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Beef not the only thing getting ammonia treatment

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The process Beef Products Inc. (BPI) uses when making "lean, finely textured beef" brings attention to a solution called ammonium hydroxide.

Other foods that contain it include: beer, bacon, baked goods, jam, sports drinks and even dairy products.

It's used in small doses to balance the PH in food and make it safer to eat.

Many of these foods have more ammonium in them than the beef BPI produces.

Yet, the traces are still so small companies aren't even required to list it on the label.

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