Chicken Little: Study Finds Nuggets Contain No More Than 50 Percent Chicken Meat And The Rest Are Chicken Guts, Bone, And Nerves

230px-Fast_food_chickenJust 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.”

Source: CBS

33 thoughts on “Chicken Little: Study Finds Nuggets Contain No More Than 50 Percent Chicken Meat And The Rest Are Chicken Guts, Bone, And Nerves”

  1. In all honesty, if they’ve discovered a way to make harmless albeit slightly gross parts of a chicken taste really good, why isn’t that a good thing? McNuggets are only 45 calories a pop, and they’re delicious. I frankly don’t care if there’s chicken cartilage in there.

  2. Now THERE’S a HUGE surprise…. But the dogs like them, and even though they’re not as nutritious as their kibble, they are a fun dessert….

  3. Oh…did we forget about bleaching the dark meat to be white……Another reason not to eat at Micky Ds….

  4. KFC claims their chicken tenders are 100% breast meat. An advertising campaign touting that fact would be well timed.

  5. Gene,

    The box they come in is higher in protein, lower in fat and gives plenty of fiber.

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  7. While I think the chicken and fast food industry is corrupt, and I don’t know why people eat this shit processed food, using the entire animal is something our grandparent’s generations did, and most all other countries still do. One example is our culture’s abandonment of eating organ meat. We have an epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency since baby boomers rebelled against eating liver, kidney’s etc. Organ meat is very rich in Vitamin D. ironically, the organ meat we don’t eat, making us Vitamin D deficient, is now put into dog food, making our pets healthier than us.

  8. HERE, HERE NOW*!*(as my Grand Dad used to bellow) – This is a place and time for serious and constructive dialogue…..In addition to this waste-for-snack-food scam, I have heard that at baseball stadiums all over America, they are serving up “Arby Eyes” and one can only wonder what THEY come from!!!… 😉

  9. The next day they went to the chicken joint in Queens right next to the nunnery. They ordered the Chicken Special, got their baskets, sat down at the table and Sister Janice opened her basket. She then asked: What size chicken do you suppose has nuggets this big?

  10. Two nuns just got off the boat at Ellis Island and the next day they were at Coney Island. They went to the hot dog stand for lunch. They sat down and the first nun, Sister Antoinette opened her paper wrapping, gazed down and asked: “What part of the dog did you get?”

  11. This reminds me of the oft quoted remark by Otto von Bismarck, that sausage and laws are two things one should never see being made.

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