Why Aren’t Chicken Nuggets Pink?
So this morning I noticed that this attractive picture has been zinging around social networks largely thanks to the blog Early Onset of Night.
I know it looks like the worlds largest soft serve strawberry ice cream sundae. However, its actually meat. Mechanically separated meat. Through a process which involves placing chicken, beef, or pork parts into a high pressure sieve the meat is separated from the bones and ground into this lovely pink goo. Eventually the pink goo will become a hot dog or a chicken nugget (shaped like a star, or a dinosaur, anything but an actual chicken).
Since this stuff is teeming with bacteria it is soaked in ammonia before it is breaded then frozen then deep fried. But wait! A delicious McNugget is not pink and it does not taste like ammonia! That’s because it is artificially flavored and dyed white. Why? Because who would believe that REAL chicken is pink and tastes like ammonia right?
This process has many other highly technical terms such as: Mechanically recovered/reclaimed meat, Advanced meat recovery, etc. I’m not sure about you but I think that we could have let the part of the chicken or turkey that turns pink and is loaded with bacteria when you mash it up go unclaimed.
The US Food Safety Inspection Service requires that this goop be labeled as “Mechanically Separated Meat” and not simply as “Meat”. (phew) At least you’d be able to know if this is what your food is made of right? There is a good reason for requiring this labeling. You may remember about 10-15 years a worldwide scare surrounding Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy AKA Mad Cow Disease. This was a problem where brain and spinal cord matter from slaughtered cows was entering the food supply and causing serious illness in cattle and people. Advanced Mechanical 21st Century High-Tech Laser Powered Time Travel Meat Recovery/Reconstitution/Regurgitation techniques were largely to blame for these problems. If you accidentally chucked a spine into the machine then the spinal cord matter became one with the pink goo and impossible to keep out of these processed meat-like products.
I guess the bottom line of this all is simple: