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USDA Chicken Nugget Recall: Plastic is the Least of Your Worries

Published on March 8, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated in a press release that Perdue Foods LLC would recall 4,530 pounds of chicken nugget products produced for Applegate Farms, a brand found at Target stores.

The reason for the recall is that the food “may be contaminated with extraneous plastic materials”.

According to the USDA, customers began complaining “of small, solid, clear plastic inside the Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets.”

While finding plastic in chicken nuggets is disturbing, there are more questionable ingredients used in that type of food.

For instance, back 3 years ago, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has analyzed chicken nuggets to understand the contents of the processed food.

Researchers found that there is a lack of actual chicken meat. Only 40 to 50% of the chicken nugget was meat; the rest was a combination of fat, skin, sinew, blood vessels, nerves and bone fragments.

Richard deShazo, professor of medicine, pediatrics and immunology at UMMC said : “I was floored. I had read what other reports have said is in them and I didn’t believe it. I was astonished actually seeing it under the microscope. What has happened is that some companies have chosen to use an artificial mixture of chicken parts rather than low-fat chicken white meat, batter it up and fry it, and still call it chicken. It is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar and fat that is a very unhealthy choice. Even worse, it tastes great and kids love it and it is marketed to them.”

The study entitled, “The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads ‘Chicken Little’ ” concludes that “The nugget from the first restaurant was composed of approximately 50 percent skeletal muscle, with the remainder composed primarily of fat, with some blood vessels and nerve present. Higher-power views showed generous quantities of epithelium and associated supportive tissue including squamous epithelium from skin or viscera.”

deShazo commented : “My concern is that these constitute a large part of people’s diets. When you fry any food, you’ve got a problem because you add a lot of calories to it. And we eat high-fat foods like chicken nuggets rather than fresh fruits and vegetables.”

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