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Feb 7, 2014 10:31 AM

See how McNuggets are made

Here is a recently released video inside a Cargill plant.

From the link:

"Remember, this video was produced by McDonald's Canada, so this is the nicest possible face that can be put on the mass-production of Chicken McNuggets. Though it was filmed at a Canadian supplier, McDonald's told the Huffington Post that the process is the same in the U.S."

Why do I feel a bit suspicious we're not getting the whole truth?

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  1. What if IT IS the truth? Do you have proofs otherwise (other than the anonymous pink slime video?)

    Just curious.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      I have no proof otherwise and I never thought much of the pink slime video. The whole "pink slime" media craze referred to beef. The photos of pink goo...well anyone who reads a box of processed chicken products is familiar with "mechanically separated chicken".

      I guess I'm suspicious because I always assumed their was some kind of starchy filler but they make no mention of it. The company's nutrition facts states that in 4 nuggets there are 9 g fat, 9 g protein, and 12 g carbohydrate. When you eat one, it doesn't seem like there's more breading than "filling" so I always assumed they added starch and leavening to the meat paste. They make no mention of it in the video.

      Wait, I guess corn syrup can be considered part of the "seasoning" they mention. I guess that would up the carb levels.

      I have no criticism of the beige meat paste. A gourmet chicken sausage would look like that too.

    2. I'm curious about the waste stream. What happens to the rest of the chicken meat? Bones?

      1. It's possible they've upgraded Chicken McNuggets since the "early days" but they used to be made of the filament meat that's between the bones after you take all the real meat off. as well as ground up gristle and other almost chicken "byproducts." Technically real chicken, but not parts of the bird humans usually eat.

        And have to say that beige paste does not look appealing. When our kids were little, we used to make "McNuggets" for them of small pieces of chicken breast that we breaded and baked in the oven. They were a big hit, and those "kids" make them now for their offspring.

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        1. re: ChefJune

          I preferred the old recipe before they changed to "all white meat" McNuggets. Once in a while you'd score a boot-shaped one that was dark and fatty enough to distinguish by sight even through the batter. Those were the best!

        2. I thought this video was debunked. I need to find the ref.

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          1. re: dave_c


            And hoax-slayer has similar info.

            The "strawberry yoghurt" pic may be from 2010.