Mechanically Deboned Meat
Showing up on our plates after its been mechanically deboned, blended and fried in a batter is the chicken nugget.
Familiar, tasty and not the healthiest choice but hard to pass up when its so easy to get.
Maybe I can help.
Mechanically deboned chicken begins as a chicken goo or aka ‘pink slime‘ or ‘pink goo’. The pieces of the chicken carcass that have no particular commercial use – as in you wouldn’t buy it if it was at the grocery store – are thrown into a machine that produces the goo.
Hundreds perhaps thousands of chickens are combined together, pushed forcefully against a screen until the least resilient matter is squeezed through by the force of all the other chicken pieces being pressed against it.
This product is then spit out into a container where that matter is packaged and sent to another facility for reshaping.
Chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and the like are the end result.
(go here to see more close up picture of a mechanical deboning chicken machine)
Watch this video that shows the production of mechanically deboning. The narrator says ” The far less noble carcass – as neck, back, wings, bones of the chest and thighs, has very restricted commercialization and very low market price.” But by using their machine to manufacture mechanically deboned chicken meat the user will be “maintaining maximum revenue in the extraction of meat.”
“Mechanically separated meat is a paste-like and batter-like meat product produced by forcing bones, with attached edible meat, under high pressure through a sieve or similar device to separate the bone from the edible meat tissue.” ~ USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) website
High pressure through a sieve.
“Mechanically separated poultry is a paste-like and batter-like poultry product produced by forcing bones,
with attached edible tissue, through a sieve or similar device under high pressure to separate bone from the edible tissue.” ~ USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) website
Mechanically separated beef and Mad Cow Disease
The USDA also states “Due to FSIS regulations enacted in 2004 to protect consumers against Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, mechanically separated beef is considered inedible and is prohibited for use as human food.”
The rules regarding hot dogs and mechanical deboning of beef
According to the USDA website – Mechanically deboned beef is not permitted in hot dogs or any other processed product. Mechanically separated pork is permitted and must be labeled as “mechanically separated pork” in the ingredients statement.
- Hot dogs cannot contain mechanically deboned beef
- Hot dogs can contain no more than 20% mechanically separated pork.
- Hot dogs can contain any amount of mechanically separated chicken or turkey.
I hope this has helped you decide between the chicken breast sandwich and the nuggets.
Go here for more pictures of mechanical deboning chicken machine
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