In the days since my last post about McDonald’s, I have had a few questions about chicken nuggets. Apparently there is a photo and a link to a blog post from a holistic Dr. Akilah El blog about the Mechanically Separated Chicken that is allegedly added to chicken McNuggets. The claims in the post are so FALSE that I hate to even share the blog, but here you go. False claims. Linking it to the word ‘false’ made me feel a little better about linking to it at all.
First, this is a blog post. Anybody can start a blog and write stuff about anything and spread around the internet. (I guess the same could be said about me, but…)
They claim that MSC is added to chicken nuggets. Mechanically separated chicken is NOT an ingredient in the McDonald’s chicken McNugget. They contain white boneless chicken. If MSC was in chicken McNuggets, McDonald’s is required BY LAW to put it in the ingredient statement.
I looked at the ingredients for the nuggets at Wendy’s and Burger King, and didn’t find MSC in any of them, either.
Here is a link to a site from the National Chicken Council about what’s really in that chicken nugget.
So, what is MSC in, really? Mechanically separated chicken in often used in really inexpensive sausage products like non-species specific hotdogs and bologna. Sometimes you see it in other processed meats, but it will ALWAYS be on the ingredient statement.
How is it made? After workers remove all the chicken off the bones that they can, there is still protein (little meat scraps) left on the bones that human workers could not physically remove. So the bones are subjected to high pressure and water to remove the meat scraps. It is immediately frozen to preserve it, usually using some sort of anhydrous ammonia refrigeration.
So, ammonia is added to the meat? Nope, it’s just used to chill the air to freeze it.
Please, keep the questions and comments coming.