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article imagePhoto of mechanically separated chicken nauseating the Internet

By Andrew Moran     Oct 8, 2010 in Food
Who doesn't love chicken nuggets? They're golden brown, cooked on the inside and when dipped in plum sauce, they're absolutely delicious. After seeing a photo of mechanically separated meat, you may not eat them again.
Fooducate.com has released an image of what appears to be mechanically separated chicken at a processing plant. According to the nutrition publication, the chicken paste idea was developed in the late 20th century when companies decided they could make more profits when they scrape the meat off the entire bone of chickens, turkeys, pigs, etc.
The photo is at least a few years old and it is unknown who took it or where the image took place, but Salon.com spoke to David Radford, director of sales and marketing of BFD Corp., which makes advanced meat recovery machines, "who confirmed that yes, that is an accurate depiction of what mechanically separated chicken looks like."
“This paste goes on to become the main ingredient in many a hot dog, bologna, chicken nuggets, pepperoni, salami, jerky etc.,” writes Fooducate. “The industry calls this method AMR – Advanced Meat Recovery.”
The AMR became the subject of controversy in 2004 when the United States Food Safety and Inspection Services concluded that beef could not be processed this way because of the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy scare, better known as the mad cow disease.
However, the agency ruled that processing chicken and pork this way was still safe: “Despite them being safe, FSIS states that no more than 20% of the meat in a hot dog [comes] from mechanically separated pork.”
What should one do to avoid this paste meat and still enjoy chicken nuggets? Buy the chicken itself, bread it and fry/bake it.
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