February 6, 2014

McDonald's Shows You How The Canadian McNuggets Are Made

Daddy Types has long taken an editorial interest in the contents of McNuggets, which are an occasional part of K2's occasional McDonald's diet.

Now we see that McDonald's Canada has invited us into Cargill's chicken factory, to see the process, in an attempt to distance the product from that picture of pink meat goo, otherwise known as mechanically separated meat [MSM], which continues to circulate on the Internet with a #McNuggetsWTF! tag.

In the video we see what we already know: modern-day McNuggets are made from ground white chicken meat. And they are extruded in four distinct shapes. They also add chicken skin [a "proportional amount for flavor and binding"] and seasoning.

What the video does not say is whether Canadian McNuggets, like US McNuggets in 2010, contain dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone variant used in lipstick that helps McNuggets hold their shapes. The video also does not say whether the pink goop was similar to the MSM used in McNuggets until 2003. I.e., the ones you grew up on. I also don't know if there is a McDonald's video explaining the percentage of MSM used in their hamburger meat, but I'll go take a look.


Oh, meanwhile look at this, McDonald's announced it would eliminate ammonium hydroxide and "pink slime" from its hamburgers. In January 2012. And there's the picture of the pink slime, the one the McDonald's Canada supply chain lady said, "We don't know what it is, or where it came from, but it has nothing to do with our Chicken McNuggets." Which is 100% technically and probably true!

Also buns at McD and other fast food chains will still contain a plastic-based dough conditioner called azodicarbonamide, also found in yoga mats. Namaste!

Pink goop in Chicken McNuggets? McDonald's Canada answers [youtube via kottke]
Previously, definitely related:
Mar 2010: It Appears Chicken McNuggets Are Extruded.
Oct 2010: It Appears That Chicken McNuggets Are Hot Dogs.
Oct 2010: It Appears That Chicken McNuggets Are Not Exactly Hot Dogs. But Neither Are Hot Dogs.
Jan 2012:McDonald's drops use of gooey ammonia-based 'pink slime' in hamburger meat [nbcnews]

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