For those of you who visit McDonalds for more than coffee, you might want to think about your 'food' choice again.
Name this McDonalds menu item.
Soft serve ice cream, right?
It’s Pre-Chicken Nugget Meat Paste
AKA Mechanically Separated Poultry or Mechanically Separated Chicken
The photo above has been extensively passed around recently, and for good reason: it's a peek into the rarely-seen world of mechanically separated meat, or Advanced Meat Recovery (AMR).
Some American figured out in the 1960s that meat processors can eek out a few more percent of profit from chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows by scraping the bones 100% clean of meat. This is done by machines, not humans, by passing bones leftover after the initial cutting through a high pressure sieve. The paste you see in the picture above is the result. There's more: because it's crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia, soaked in it, actually. Then, because it tastes gross, it will be reflavoured artificially. Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial colour.
But, hey, at least it tastes good, right?
The resulting paste goes on to become the main ingredient in many of Australia's favourite mass-produced and processed meat-like foods and snacks: bologna, hot dogs, salami, pepperoni, meat jerky, and of course the ever-polarizing chicken nugget, where the paste from the photo above was likely destined.
That late night/early morning feed at Macca’s doesn’t look so good now does it!