Mechanically Separated Meat...do you really know what you are eating?
It has been the intention of our government since the 1950's to produce cheap and abundant food for America. They have certainly been successful, but the food we have been eating and feeding our children is dangerously unhealthy, many would never feed this food to their pets.
The primary reason we are launching green2go restaurants is because people want and need convenient but healthy fast food. Up until now, fast food has meant seriously unhealthy food. We are going to change this. Until you can drive up to one of our windows or sit at one of our tables, know what you are eating elsewhere and make good choices ~ your future depends on it.
One unhealthy product nearly every American has consumed, and may be consuming daily, is mechanically separated meat. This product dates back to the 1950's when hand tools were developed to minimize waste in the meat industry (just think a second about what that means!) By 1960 machines were developed to do this work more efficiently and automatically. This allowed companies to use less expensive raw materials (animal parts) and in turn, offer these products as 'good food' to the public for a lower price!
By 1980, questions arose about the safety of mechanically separated meat (surprise, surprise! After millions of meals had already been eaten!) In 1982 the U.S. Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) published a report stating this product was safe and established a standard of identification whereby mechanically separated meats may not be described on food labels as simply "Meat". Hotdogs may contain no more than 20% mechanically separated pork (but chicken nuggets can be 100%...Where is the logic in this?)
In 1986, because bits of spinal cord (parts most likely to be carrying BSE a.k.a. Mad Cow's Disease) were getting mixed in with the other bits, concerns were raised in the U.K. when the BSE epidemic was discovered.
Today, Americans eat this product by the ton. It is what all fast food meat patties, nuggets, tenders...all processed meats are made out of. Because you are most likely eating this product, and feeding it to others, you really should know how it is made...
An article about chicken that was sent my way (thank you Michael :)) describes the process:
ALL the minced chicken is then soaked and washed in ammonia, due to bacteria (please note that bagged baby carrots are also 'cleaned' this way, which is why they start to develop a thin white film after awhile),
Chemicals and dyes are added to the 'meat' due to the taste and color (mechanically separated chicken looks pink after it is finished being washed in the ammonia and before dyes are added.)
Know what you are eating...Because you ARE what you eat. Read labels and if it states Mechanically Separated Meat, know that you are eating disgusting bits of chicken mixed with bacteria, ammonia and a lot of chemicals.