Monday, October 7th, 2013
In theory, chicken nuggets should contain…chicken. But everyone who has ever eaten or fed their children the popular foods has probably wondered at some point whether that’s what they’re eating. Researchers at the University of Mississippi took a scientific look at samples from several fast-food restaurants, and found, alarmingly, that only 50 percent of the average nugget’s contents is actual muscle tissue, what most people would think of as “chicken meat.” More from Reuters:
The nuggets came from two national fast food chains in Jackson. The three researchers selected one nugget from each box, preserved, dissected and stained the nuggets, then looked at them under a microscope.
The first nugget was about half muscle, with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs of the bird, the authors write in the American Journal of Medicine.
The second nugget was only 40 percent muscle, and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.
“We all know white chicken meat to be one of the best sources of lean protein available and encourage our patients to eat it,” lead author Dr. Richard D. deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said.
“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,” deShazo told Reuters Health.
“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 nuggets he examined would be okay to eat occasionally, but he worries that since they are cheap, convenient and taste good, kids eat them often. His own grandchildren “beg” for chicken nuggets all the time, and he compromises by making them at home by pan-frying chicken breasts with a small amount of oil, deShazo said.
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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
More than 18,000 pounds of Pilgrim’s Pride brand ready-made chicken nuggets and fillets have been recalled due to concerns that the product is contaminated with listeria, a bacteria that can cause symptoms of food-poisoning and is especially dangerous to pregnant women.
Here are the details of the recall, according to WebMD.com:
Pilgrim’s Pride has recalled 18,312 pounds of chicken nuggets and chicken fillets sold at Dollar General stores in nine states.
Contamination with potentially deadly listeria bacteria was detected in the fully cooked products.
In a separate recall, also due to listeria contamination, Flying Foods has recalled some 7,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken, turkey, beef, and pork products sold in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Some of the products were sold in Starbucks stores, which on Monday removed all Flying Foods products from their shelves.
On July 20, Pilgrim’s Pride recalled 11,240 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products:
- 10-pound boxes containing two 5-pound bags of “Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Breaded White Chicken Nuggets Shaped Patties.” There is a date code of 11471010 ink-jetted on the box, which bears the establishment number P-7091A inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each 5-pound bag is marked with the date code and P-7091A. This product was shipped to distribution centers in Texas and New Jersey for further distribution to other food service vendors.
- 30-pound boxes containing six 5-pound bags of “Pilgrim’s Pride Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet with Rib Meat.” There is a date code of 11801050 and a Use By Date of Dec. 26, 2011 ink-jetted on the box, which bears the establishment number P-20728 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The inner bags are marked with the code date and Use By Date. This product was shipped to distribution centers in Ohio for further distribution.
On July 26, Pilgrim’s Pride added 7,072 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken to the recall:
- 16-pound boxes containing eight 2-pound bags of “Pilgrim’s Pride Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Breaded Nugget Shaped Patties with Rib Meat.”
- The 16-pound boxes have a date code of 11531010 ink-jetted on the box, a best-by date of “JUN 02 2012,” and the establishment number “P-7091A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
- Each 2-pound bag is marked with the date code and “P-7091A.” These bags were shipped to Dollar General stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Use Parents.com’s Product Recall Finder to check on other recently issued recalls.
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