This photo went viral this weekend as Vegetarian Awareness Month kicked off. It shows a closely cropped photo of a pink material extruded from some type of machine being dumped into a cardboard box like a gigantic pink turd. The caption that goes with this picture is:
Say hello to mechanically separated chicken. It’s what all fast-food chicken is made from, things like chicken nuggets and patties. Also, the processed frozen chicken in the stores is made from it. Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve—bones, eyes, guts, and all. It comes out looking like this. 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 reflavored artificially. Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial color. But hey, at least it tastes good, right?
Of course it sounds disgusting if it were even partially true. But everything in that paragraph is an outright lie.
First lie is that this is mechanically separated chicken. It doesn’t look like this at all. It is a grayish-pinkish material that still looks like lumps of meat while the inedible bone is discarded as waste. And you don’t put it into a cardboard box. Empty cardboard is covered in little paper slivers and that would contaminate the food.
Second lie is that whole chickens are processed through one of these. Wrong. The white meat and most of the dark meat is picked off first because people pay good money to eat good chicken. Only the meat that clings to the bones are processed mechanically.
Third lie is that all fast food chicken is made from this. Wrong. Most fast food uses whole chicken parts, especially places like McDonalds, Burger King and KFC.
Next lie is that the meat is soaked in ammonia. Yeah, thats against the law for any food that is made for animal or human consumption. Real mechanically separated chicken is processed under strict sanitary conditions and immediately frozen.
And there is no need to add artificial flavorings, although I’m certain a lot of salt gets added.
I don’t know what is shown in this picture, but its not food. The intent was to clearly frighten people into being vegetarians. If Vegans can’t convince people with logic and reason to join their stupid movement they have to rely on shock and outright lies to do it. And people who think its cruel to kill animals for food sure don’t have any qualms about not wanting to use the whole animal. Wouldn’t using the whole animal be more humane if it has to die?
Here is a great video showing the real behind the scenes processes of how McDonalds gets their food from the manufacturer.
Thanks again to Ed of Right Rant.