The average chicken nuggets is only HALF meat.. and the rest is fat, bone and nerve endings

  • Researchers in Mississippi examined  chicken nuggets at two different fast food chains and found that only about half  of the nuggets were made of muscle meat
  • The rest of the nuggets were made of  other chicken parts like fat, blood vessels, nerves, bones and  cartilage
  • A representative for the National Chicken  Council said it’s no mystery what’s in chicken nuggets since nutritional  information is often available online or on the packaging

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:24 EST, 5  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:21 EST, 5 October 2013

Chicken nuggets are definitely made of  chicken – just maybe not the parts you want to eat.

Researchers in Mississippi conducted an  ‘autopsy’ of chicken nuggets from two fast food chains in Jackson and confirmed  what we all suspected about the mystery-meat medallions: they aren’t too meaty.

The first chicken nugget tested was made up  of about 50 per cent muscle tissue from the breast or thigh and the rest was  made up of unpalatable parts: fat, blood vessels, and nerves.

What's in a nugget? Researchers in Mississippi examined two fast-food chains' chicken nuggets and found that half or less than half of the nuggets were made of meat. The rest was made of high-fat chicken parts 

What’s in a nugget? Researchers in Mississippi examined  two fast-food chains’ chicken nuggets and found that half or less than half of  the nuggets were made of meat. The rest was made of high-fat chicken  parts


The second chicken nugget was even worse with  out 40 per cent muscle, with the rest being made up of fat cartilage and bone.

The researchers decided not to name the fast  food chains.

Dr Richard D deShazo, the study’s lead  researcher, encourages his patients to eat white chicken meat and while chicken  nuggets may look white on the inside, looks can be deceiving.

‘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,’ Dr  deShazo told Reuters. ‘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.’

While it’s OK to indulge in the junk food  every so often, the problem for deShazo is that some people eat them multiple  times a week.

Don't make it a habit: Dr deShazo, the lead researcher of the study, said it's OK to eat chicken nuggets every once in a while but he's concerned for the people who eat them multiple times a week  

Don’t make it a habit: Dr deShazo, the lead researcher  of the study, said it’s OK to eat chicken nuggets every once in a while but he’s  concerned for the people who eat them multiple times a week


Ashley Peterson, a representative of the  National Chicken Council, a non-profit trade group which represents the U.S.  chicken industry, argued that consumers weren’t being mislead.

She pointed out that nutritional information  for most fast food chains is available online, and that anything for sale at the  grocery store has a list of ingredients.

‘Chicken nuggets tend to have an elevated fat  content because they are breaded and fried. But it’s no secret what is in a  chicken nugget,’ she said.

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Cancer-causing arsenic retained in chicken meat – FDA

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After a year of dismissing the issue the FDA finally admitted that chicken meat sold in the United States does contain doses of arsenic – a highly poisonous cancer-causing chemical lethal in high does. Arsenic is reported to be added to the chicken feed purposely. According to the FDA’s own report, the arsenic is originally added to the bird feed later ending up in the meat that is sold in stores. In other words, the Americans who purchase regular chicken are forced to take dangerous amounts of arsenic along with, significantly increasing threat of developing cancer.

0Before the very recent study was conducted, the presence of the arsenic in the product was denied both by the FDA and the industry, with the explanation that the poison that had been fed to the birds actually was disposed of with the chicken feces. However, there was no scientific grounding for that claim.

0When the evidence became so undeniable and solid, Roxarsone, one of the chicken feed brands, was withdrawn off the shelves. Interestingly enough, the company which produces the Roxarsone feed is called Alpharma, LLC and is a subsidiary of Pfizer – a major pharmaceutical company.

0Though Alpharma made the decision to pull its product off the shelves across the country, it says it is not going to do so in other countries unless specifically ordered to.

0AP reports, “Scott Brown of Pfizer Animal Health’s Veterinary Medicine Research and Development division said the company also sells the ingredient in about a dozen other countries. He said Pfizer is reaching out to regulatory authorities in those countries and will decide whether to sell it on an individual basis.”

0With the arsenic-polluted feed removed from the stores, the FDA still stands its ground in protecting the product. It claims the amounts of the poison are too small to seriously harm the human system, at the same time admitting arsenic is a carcinogen, that is, cancer-provoking substance.

0The National Chicken Council is on the same page with the FDA, too, claiming the arsenic-fed chicken are safe to eat, not denying arsenic was fed to birds across the US.

0Surprisingly, along with the fight for the arsenic-filled chicken, the FDA at the same time is raiding elderberry juice manufacturers accusing them of selling “unapproved drugs. It also goes after raw milk and natural herbal products. In other words, it assures it is safe to consume arsenic, but raw milk or elderberry juice will kill you.

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Coming to your local supermarket soon: Chicken à la maggots


Tom Bawden

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

“Our chicken, pork and fish dishes are fed only the finest protein-rich maggots that have been reared on a diet of cow and pig excrement, washed down with a wee dram of whisky.”

For some, this kind of menu-boast would reflect the perfect scientific solution to the growing problems of rising waste and a soaring population, while for others, it’s just plain gross.

In an effort to satisfy the ever-expanding desire for meat, the EU is planning to rear flies on an industrial scale by feeding them on cow, pig and chicken excrement and using their protein-rich maggots for animal feed. As a result, a trial is under way to determine the feasibility of mass producing fly maggots, or larvae, that could take the place of widely demanded soya beans in high-protein feeds for pigs, chicken and fish.

The move will utilise the growing mountains of animal and vegetable waste produced by agricultural expansion, as well as the “substrate” left from making alcohol, especially whisky.

“They might be a nuisance in the house but the good thing about flies is that they will live on anything and grow very fast. Every student has had them growing in the trash can at some point,” said Georg Melzer, partner at Eutema Technology in Austria, who is involved in the project.

“What’s used will depend on what’s in the area. In Scotland, if there are 10 whisky distilleries near by it will use the grain fermented in the distillation process. In Spain it might be pulp from a tomato field, while in a lot of places it will be the mixture of droppings, straw and sawdust you get on chicken farms,” Mr Melzer added. The three-year project will be led by the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and will use the maggots of the humble house fly – or Musca domestica.

The maggots are being produced at the Grant Bait fishing-bait farm in Roos, East Yorkshire, which is experimenting to find the best way to produce maggots on a huge scale using waste material. They are then shipped to Ghent, in Belgium, for the animal feed trials.

Elaine Fitches, who is co-ordinating the project at Fera, said: “With three billion extra mouths to feed by 2050, the need to improve the efficient use of land for protein production and the effective utilisation of waste materials has never been greater. Flies have the potential to become a cost-effective source of protein for animal feed.”

It is currently illegal to sell meat reared on animal feed containing maggots – although the practice is allowed if the produce is for personal use.

The authorities turn a blind eye to free-range chickens chomping on the odd maggot, but the larvae become a problem when mixed in with animal feed. As a result, advocates of maggot-based animal feeds are talking to the EU about changing the law as an early part of a lobbying campaign that will gather considerable momentum if the three-year project concludes that the practice is feasible on a wide scale.–la-maggots-8635208.html#

Watchdogs Blast EPA for Allowing Arsenic in Chicken & Swine Feed




(CN) – Lax federal regulators allow arsenic-based additives in chicken and swine feed that can cause cancer in humans, the Center for Food Safety claims in court.

Eight other watchdogs joined the Center for Food Safety in suing Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in San Francisco Federal Court.

“Petitioners are requesting immediate action because the use of arsenic-based feed additives in food-producing animals poses a serious yet completely avoidable health risk to humans,” the complaint states.

The FDA approved the use of arsenic-based food additives in animal feed in the 1940s. “More than seventy years later, arsenic-containing feed additives – namely Roxarsone, arsanilic acid, nitarsone, and carbarsone – are still used in chicken, turkey, and swine production,” the complaint states.

“In 2004 and 2005, plaintiff Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy tested for total arsenic residues in retail packages of raw chicken and in ‘fast food’ chicken sandwiches and nuggets. Test results revealed detectable levels of arsenic in the majority of supermarket chicken and in all ‘fast food’ chicken. Arsenic levels in chicken from birds for which there was a claim of ‘no arsenic given’ contained no arsenic or such a small amount that it was below the detection limit. These results strongly suggest that the use of arsenic-containing compounds in poultry feed leads to arsenic residues in chicken marketed and eaten in the United States.

“Inorganic arsenic is a known human carcinogen. It can contribute to cancers, heart disease, diabetes, declines in intellectual function, and can decrease a body’s ability to respond to viruses. The organic form of arsenic – the form found in arsenic-containing compounds – was once considered safe at low levels. Recent studies show that organic arsenic can easily convert to inorganic arsenic. Further, organic arsenic may also be toxic in its own right, though an earlier history of organic arsenical toxicity has been largely overlooked by FDA.”

The plaintiffs say the FDA failed to respond to their request to revoke approval for New Animal Drug Applications that use “arsenic-containing compounds” in feed for chicken, turkeys and swine.”

Since they filed that petition in 2009, several “significant events have occurred” that failed to draw a response from a complacent FDA, the plaintiffs say.

Among other things, the FDA issued a report in February 2011 that found that chickens treated with Roxarsone had higher levels of inorganic arsenic in their livers than chickens not treated with the additive, the complaint states.

But the FDA has not taken Roxarsone off the market, nor has it studied the effects of treating animals with other arsenic-based compounds.

“FDA’s failure to act has completely failed to close the loophole on an avoidable exposure pathway to a known carcinogen,” the complaint states.

“Nearly three-and-a-half years have now passed since FDA docketed the 2009 petition for rulemaking. Not only has FDA failed to act under the FFDA [Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act], the agency has not meaningfully responded to the 2009 petition and is in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. In the interim, evidence of the negative effects of arsenic-based feed additives continues to mount.”

The groups ask the court to declare the FDA in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act and compel it to respond to the petition.

They are represented by Paige M. Tomaselli, in-house counsel for the Center for Food Safety.

Here are the plaintiffs: Center for Food Safety; Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy; Center for Environmental Health; Center for Biological Diversity; Food Animal Concerns Trust; Food and Water Watch; Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility; Health Care Without Harm; and San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility

Gene-swapping vaccines spawn lethal poultry virus – experts

Three vaccines used to prevent respiratory disease in chickens have swapped genes, producing two lethal new strains that have killed tens of thousands of fowl across two states in Australia, scientists reported on Friday.

The creation of the deadly new variant was only possible because the vaccines contained live viruses, even though they were weakened forms, said Joanne Devlin, lead author of the paper published in the journal Science.

Devlin and her team discovered how closely related the two new strains were with viruses in the vaccines after analysing their genes.

“What we found was the field viruses … were actually a mixture of the genomes from different vaccine viruses,” said Devlin, a lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s School of Veterinary Science. “They actually combined, mixed together.”

The viruses emerged in 2008, a year after Australia started using a European vaccine along with two very similar Australian vaccines to fight acute respiratory disease in poultry. The illness causes coughing, sneezing and breathing difficulties in birds, normally killing 5 percent of them.

The two new strains, however, were far more harmful, and since they were created have killed up to 17 percent of chicken flocks across Victoria and New South Wales, the two main chicken rearing states in Australia.

“What could have happened was one chicken was vaccinated with one vaccine and later was exposed to the other vaccine somehow, from nearby chickens,” Devlin said.

Agricultural authorities in Australia have been informed of the results of the study, and are considering how to prevent similar cross-overs happening again.

“Use of only one vaccine in a population of birds will prevent different viruses from combining,” Devlin said.

“Authorities are reviewing labels on vaccine to change the way vaccines are used and prevent different vaccines being used in one population.”