Just after getting over the Taco Bell meat scandal, we have another (though not exactly surprising) scandal involving Chicken nuggets. A study in the American Journal of Medicine found that nuggets from two unnamed fast food chains that they analyzed consisted of 50 percent or less actual chicken muscle tissue. The first nugget was half muscle and the rest was fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs. The second nugget was only 40 percent meat and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.
Of course, the National Chicken Council (NCC) was quick to object. “Chicken nuggets are an excellent source of protein, especially for kids who might be picky eaters,” said Ashley Peterson, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the NCC. I wonder how picky they will be when they learn that they are eating nerves and chicken guts. However, Peterson insists that there are billions of nuggets sold each year and the study only took two from two different national chains. It is not clear how many nuggets would be viewed as sufficient for NCC or why both nuggets showed the same basic problem.
As for the fat content, Peterson insists “it’s no secret what is in a chicken nugget.”
The study is entitled “The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads ‘Chicken Little’”. The researchers also found bone in the samples.
In the meantime, the Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the National Soylent Council (NSC) is responding to another study by releasing a statement that the researcher below only saw one factory and “it’s no secret what is in soylent green.”