You’ve probably seen it, a photo of a winding, tube-like heap of pink slime that was supposedly the raw innards of a McDonald’s chicken nugget. There wasn’t a source, but considering the state of fast food, it was easy to believe the photo was real.
According to Nicoletta Stefou, Supply Chain Manager of McDonald’s in Canada, this photo is NOT reliable. She proves it with a video of the process of making Chicken McNuggets in a plant in London, Ontario, Canada.
Admittedly, the video (below) looks a heck of a lot less disgusting than a pile of pink goo. With that said, a bunch of ground chicken breasts, along with a bunch of mystery ingredients, all mixed together doesn’t exactly look appetizing.
(Also, they’re Canadian and pronounce “process” as “pro-cess.” I’m only mentioning this because I love Canada.)
You’ll notice that the video mentions “seasonings” and “a natural proportion of chicken skin used both for flavor and as a binder.” Though, again, they’re Canadian, so they probably spell it “flavour” (which is really cool).
Chicken skin is straight forward enough, it’s the seasonings that make you wonder. What constitutes “seasonings”?
According to McDonald’s ingredient list, here’s what’s included in a Chicken McNugget in America:
Ingredients: White Boneless Chicken, Water, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Seasoning (Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Salt, Wheat Starch, Natural Flavoring [Botanical Source], Safflower Oil, Dextrose, Citric Acid), Sodium Phosphates, Natural Flavor (Botanical Source). Battered and Breaded with: Water, Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Yellow Corn Flour, Bleached Wheat Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate), Spices, Wheat Starch, Dextrose, Corn Starch.
Prepared in Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness).
Mmmm dimethylpolysiloxane! Getting hungry just thinking of it…
It’s very important to note! Canada’s Chicken McNuggets are likely to be different from the US’s. Each country has their own unique food laws governing what companies can and can’t put in their junk. This probably doesn’t change the perspective Americans view the above video from, but it does change the ingredients (most likely contained in the aforementioned seasonings) for Chicken McNuggets.
Isn’t food great!