Yuck!!! I saw this article in the Daily Mail today and had to share it with all of you. Interesting read and I am sorry if this grosses you out as it did me but it is good to know.
"Oozing out of a meat processor, this mechanically separated chicken doesn’t look in the least bit appetizing.
It may taste something like meat - but it certainly doesn’t look like it here.
Yet meat like that in this image - which first emerged on the blog Fooducate - will end up as the main ingredient in many of America’s favourite foods and snacks.
Hot dogs, salami, bologna, pepperoni, jerkys and chicken nuggets are just a few of the mass-produced and processed treats made using Advanced Meat Recovery
Is it strawberry ice cream? No - this is 'mechanically separated chicken' - one of the main ingredients in many American snacks. The undated picture charts the common process many American treats go through
It’s a way of scraping the very last scraps to leave chicken or pig bones 100 per cent clean of meat by smashing them up and pressing them through a high pressure sieve.
And it’s not just the bones. The eyes, and guts are also put through the meat wringer.
Not just white meat: The paste that is formed during the process goes into many treats - like chicken nuggets
The chunks are pressed between rotating cylinders, leaving the meat on one side and the bone and connective tissues on the other.
After the bacteria is killed off and artificial flavours and colouring is added to make it more palatable, some of the world’s biggest food manufacturers use the resulting paste to make some of your household favourites.
In 2004, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service banned beef from being processed this way because of fears it could spread Mad Cow Disease.
But mechanically separated chicken and pork are still safe to eat, says the health watchdogs, who nevertheless require them to be labeled appropriately.
Vegan author Dr Michael Greger told Wired.com that meat processors ‘have showed over the past decade that they’re incapable of following the guidelines set for them and I’m afraid that because we’re not going to have adequate enforcement, it would be better to not have the technology at all.’
But Harold Hodges, vice president of product quality for BFD, America’s leading meat recovery machine retailer, insisted that no food safety issue had ever been linked to AMR.
‘There’s never been a recall due to AMR. It’s a source of high-quality lean meat that is worth several hundreds of millions of dollars,’ he said."
I am just glad I am a vegetarian and try to watch what I eat. However this article goes to show that you never know what may be in any of your food!!!