What lovely, lovely chicken nuggets are made from

3 October 2010

You might want to look away if you’re a fan of chicken nuggets because THIS is what they’re made from. Probably too late now – it’s staring you in the face.


This pink stuff is mechanically separated chicken and is what your fast food chicken is made from. We’ll let blogger Michael Kindt take up the story.

Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve—bones, eyes, guts, and all. it comes out looking like this. 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 re-flavoured artificially. Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial colour.

Race you to McDonalds!


  • dearieme
    someones been watching FIVE YEAR old morgan spurlock documentaries again-what a revelation!(not)
  • jiva
    careful now... http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/food/chicken/chicken-mcnuggets.mcdj?dnPos=-544 Some fast food has cleaned up its act. Saying that I don't eat meat anyways.
  • Tarquin W.
    ^ 'Some fast food has cleaned up it's act' Marginally. They don't tell you where and how that 'succulent' breast meat is sourced do they.......
  • Rich
    Although that is disgusting and I'm sure most fast food sh1tholes use it I think McDonald's probably don't, mainly because when you bite into one (I feel the need to say I haven't eaten one for a few years now (!)) there is stands of meat not coagulated mush.
  • Paul C.
    I think it's unfair to level criticism at McDonalds like this - they actually use something far higher up the meat chain than this - chicken breast pumped with water and other 'nutrients' that have been dubiously sourced from farms in foreign countires. But at least it's not the substance above - thats utlised in the formation of strawberry milkshakes! (is there any basis for the urban myth that McDonalds milkshakes are thickened with chicken fat?) Mechanically seperated chicken is far more likely to be found in your local cheap KFC-wannabes where cheap prices do not mean a bargain but reformed chicken from mechanically seperated chicken. All-Day-Breakfast in a can by Crosse And Blackwell readily has this in abundance. A similar substance, albeit made of turkey, can be found in the majority of Bernard Matthews products (yes, even mini kievs :( ). Bootiful.
  • zleet
    Next you'll be telling me all hotdogs are made of eyelids and arseholes.
  • James
    Outdated article :/
  • PaulH
    Mmmm I just ate McDonalds...
  • annoying
    What is this food agenda that bitterwallet is following ? Fucks me off.
  • jo
    what a hostile crowd this fine sunny Sunday afternoon....
  • The L.
    Thank McRonalds I'm a veggie.
  • Claire
    That's bollocks - I know they do sell a lot of shit but if McDonalds are selling '100% chicken breast' then however dubious the quality of the chicken, it's definitely not this gunge that's in it. I quite happily let my kids eat Happy Meals: chicken breast nuggets, a bag of fruit and an Innocent smoothie, I'm sure you could find much worse so-called 'healthy' food. But the stuff shown above is the reason I never buy cheap meat!
  • Dianne
    What a crock . . . little wonder you people are all so easy to con, publishing trash like this with NO references whatsoever!
  • CompactDistance
    I think you just libelled McDonald's, lol. Full apology coming?
  • Tim
    Only the last line references them. Remove that and it refers to plenty of other chicken nugget sources from other fast food retailers and I suspect even supermarket frozen stuff. Believe they have to state it's MSC though.
  • hippy1001
    ive seen worse looking food than that. "Weirdly pink" its not really weird, unless im mistaken chicken blood is red, since most of it would have been drained away a small amount will still remain, maybe in the eyes and such, so it will dilute the meat and make it pink. To be honest i dont eat fast food, i buy most of my meat from the local butcher who gets it from local farmers (its a local shop for local people!) Now and again ill go to a little sandwich shop and buy one of thier fresh sandwiches made in front of me. Most of the time though i make all my own meals from basic ingredients. Its fun and tastes good and i know whats always in it.
  • TimB
    It looks like a giant flump :-) yum!
  • Ronald
    LOL McDonalds gets most of its (100% real (if you don't include the breadcrumb coating) and not fake nasty crappy shitty pink cheap meat) chicken from Thailand and some from the UK, their Beef from Britain and Ireland, Their chips made by McCain's and no the Shakes do not have any animal fat.
  • One F.
    mmmm, pink. Looks good.
  • kfcws
    chicken flumps :)
  • DP
    So let me get this straight... chicken nuggets are made from de-skinned Boa Constrictors?
  • pootle
    @DP FUCK OFF!!!!
  • nick
    not exactly earth shattering breaking news is it???
  • charlie
    Asda own brand chicken ready products are made in Brazil.
  • Fans B.
    [...] our post at the weekend showing you what the content of some chicken nuggets looks like before they’re bleached, here’s a pretty video about how every scrap of meat is scavenged from an animal’s [...]
  • Mr M.
    My local butcher get his local chicken from Costco, who get them from Spain.
  • Tom S.
    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 technolgoical and economical way of cutting the remaining chicken meat off of the bone. Tom Super, American Meat Institute, Washington, DC
  • Sunday C.
    [...] decent beer places; the ever excellent Bitter Wallet has this photograph which’ll make you avoid chicken nuggets forever; I posted some old photographs that I took at the top of the World Trade Center; someone [...]
  • Jaybo
    Interesting how angry people get when you talk about their McNuggets...
  • Kasee
    umm, you guys dont even know how to spell, thats not true, nice try
  • bob
    Yuk that is disgusting

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