Oct 4 2010Mommy, Where Do McNuggets Come From?


Mechanically separated chicken THAT'S BEEN EXTRUDED INTO THE TOP OF A CARDBOARD BOX. Mmmm, start opening the BBQ packets!

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

That's disgusting. Also, a great opportunity for me to retell my original "why did the chicken cross the road" joke. *ahem*

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: To nug-get to the other side!

I don't care what you say, it's harder than you think coming up with a new chicken crossing the road joke. Now, who wants a scoop of ice cream? It's strawberry!

Chicken Nuggets Are Made From This Pink Goop [gizmodo]

Thanks to Andy, cirsten, Dick and jack, who prefer pneumatically separated chicken.

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Thats what my toilet looks like after i eat a 50 piece!!!

Yeah, this happens with beef for burger meat and pork too. Everybody should watch Food Inc., and read a few of Michael Pollan's books, and pay better attention, and hopefully get a better idea of what they're eating.

GW you suck with updates, give us something good.

GW, that's disgusting.


See why the people living at the amazons are just primitive bastards? this is modern civilization damn it!

I am never eating at McDonalds again... At least no meat.

at least it cums in your favorite color.

Reminds me of pink slime, the stuff in the burgers.
Has the same stuff too, poor bits of meat, ammonia and bacteria.
And this is EVERY packaged ground meat.
Not just Mccy-D's and Burger King.
It's in the ground meat in Market Basket and Hannafords and such...


This supposedly isn't real. To quote another website about this,

"I don’t know where you got that image, but it’s not accurate and it’s not what you’re saying it is. It looks like some sort of confection to me.

Actual mechanically separated meats resemble the standard ground meat you see in stores and are not cotton-candy pink or look like they’ve been whipped like cream.

The description is grossly inaccurate as well; standard processing procedure doesn’t allow for entrails and thinks such as the head of the animal to be put into the processing. Gutted, skinned, cleaned carcasses are ground up, bones and all, but then separated through a sieve to keep the bones, cartilage and other big solids out of the meat.



used to work in meat factory and can attest to this being accurate. i now only consume local meats from an organic/freerange farmer i trust. the way things should be.

Why did GW cross the road?

His D%#@ was stuck in the chicken!

Rubble, rubble. RUBBLE!!

On the burger front, I've contacted most of the burger joints available in CA, and a fair amount actually took the time to contact me back:

1. McDonalds - CONFIRMED - Ammonia Treated Beef. Sent me a nice letter that tells me things like "ammonia is natural!" Yeah, so's piss and shit but I don't eat it.

2. Burger King - CONFIRMED - ATB.

3. Carl's Jr - PROHIBITED. I got a letter from Theresa Horth at CKE that states their buyers are instructed to ask about the use of this before making any purchase deals on hamburger, and to NOT BUY any hamburger that uses ATB. Evidently, their management team still eats the food.

4. Jack in The Box - MIXED - the cheap burgers contain the stuff, but their sirloin burgers do not.

5. In-N-Out - PROHIBITED. These guys actually called me on the phone, just to tell me that they grind their own hamburgers from Whole Chuck (sorry Chuck!) and don't add any ATB.

6. Wendy's - UNKNOWN. Bastards didn't respond.

Doesn't matter, McNuggets still taste fucking awesome.

Q: Why did the chicken lay down in the middle of the road?
A: He just didn't give a cluck any more.

Q: Why did the chicken stop making lesbian porn?
A: She was feeling down in the mouth.

Just look at this, he takes it directly and mixes it and it's pink.


And this is why I eat Krabby Patties!


Ronald Macdonald giving a rare TV interview

that's totally not true.

Everyone knows that McNuggets are actually tumors they just lop off the chicken. That's why there are limited shapes, the tumors keep growing back.

mmmm...Chicken McTumors.......

I haven't touched a chicken nugget since I found one under the seat of my car, thanks to my son. It was green and had maggots crawling around in it and yes it smelled really bad. That's how I found it...........................just sayin

Your joking right? : \


@jade #23

We all know your lieing cause chicken nuggets dont turn green. Only more delicious

This is post is absolute and utter BULL SH*T.

But then most people will believe most anything on the internet.

FDA's regulations states, "a final rule on mechanically separated poultry said it was safe and could be used without restrictions. However, it must be labeled as "mechanically separated chicken or turkey" in the product's ingredients statem...ent. The final rule became effective November 4, 1996.


The ingredients for Chicken McNuggets are:

White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, extractives of rosemary).


There is not one mention of mechanically seperated chicken!

However much you may like or dislike McDonalds, you've got to admit that they won't be so stupid as to violate FDA regulations. And they certainly won't expose themselves to any charge of consumer fraud.

By the way, the original post came from some hipster a**clown's website and offers no evidence backing up what he said.

Once again Total and Utter Bull Sh*T.

Main reason I stopped eating processed meat, hell all non-hunted meat. You consume the DNA of ten of creatures in one bite? Jeez. No one thinks that's wrong? I guess the ammonia is used to make certain that one foul foul doesn't spoil the whole mash.

Nah bro, thats Fro-yo

This is one of the "many reasons" why I don't eat fast food.
The other reason, not many youngster workers like to wash their hands. ;D


Well Wether this is true or not doesnt matter to me, I only use mcdonalds hamburgers to masturbate, You've never really masturbated until you try with a double cheese burger!!!
My meat between the two slices of meat OMG feels just like a vagina,
I order them with cheese because the cheese is my lubricant

i just died a little bit inside

Why do I get the feeling this is another thinly veiled PETA "DONT EAT THE MEAT" thing. Are they paying you off or something GW? You should know that geeks love da chikin nuggets (Nothing pulls together a LAN party better than a few boxes of 20 McNuggets).


i haven't eaten these since i was a real little kid. like 7.

@31. Thanks. I'm not entirely sure what to think of this but that at least let me know that they're not doing this with the burgers.

oh thanks alot you bastard,
you made me puke at my keyboard while i was eating my lunch
it took me a while before i got to use my keyboard again...
i will never eat chicken nuggets AGAIN

I've worked in the meat industry for more than 2 years in product development. This is NOT what the meat products look like.

We never added ammonia to any of our meat products. I worked for a big named company that sells in the blue box and a name that references gender. I can't tell you the name because - signed confidentiality agreements

@32 thanks a lot for the horrible mental image.

and what exactly is wrong with eating an entire chicken?
If the bones ain't hard no more, and it tastes delicious, what's the fuss? Less waste right?

seriously, people need to stop being such children. it's meat, just eat it.

Good job spell checking Gizmodo GW,
"Then, because it tastes gross, it will be refalvored artificially."

that's bubblegum, i used to make it during the summer at Silver Dollar City, worse job ever!

That's absolutely horrific...
McNuggets have always been a real shady, eat-at-your-own-risk type of thing.

They caused this lady to completely lose her mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlbV-NPT56s (the best part of this video is the very end, as both customer & employee slip right back into drive-thru mode as if nothing happened)

In any case, this whole agribusiness industrial factory food nightmare is one of the main reasons I gave up eating solids altogether. It's strictly beer for me these days, and I've never felt better.

Ewww. Ewww. EWWWWWWWW!!!!!

Vegetarianism started to sound like a very good option...

Mcnuggets contain silicone.

Yes — it’s true. Poultry is sometimes mechanically separated and when it is, the resulting product is called mechanically separated poultry (MSP). It is NOT true, however, that this is how chicken nuggets are commonly made. The vast majority do not contain MSP. Nuggets are usually made from pieces of white meat and sometimes from a combination of white and dark meat.

Some processed meat products, like hot dogs and lunch meat, do contain MSP and this is stated on the ingredient label by law. This process is regulated and inspected by USDA, and if used, is included in the ingredient statement.

Even Snopes.com has an entry about the claims in this piece. Anyone who took the time to read this post should also visit http://bit.ly/b7zg2t and http://bit.ly/cSALAM for the facts.

Using technologies like this helps prevent the waste food, plain and simple. It is just a more technological and economical way of cutting the remaining chicken meat off of the bone.

I ask that you update your post, instead of fueling a viral internet rumor without checking the facts.

Anyone else see the McDonald's Monopoly promotion ad below the article?!?!?! Priceless!!!

Why did the sperm cross the road?

Because I put the wrong socks on this morning.

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