McDonald’s Canada has made a video to debunk claims that its Chicken McNuggets are made from an infamous “pink goop” that has been shared endlessly on social media.
The video reveals exactly how McNuggets are made, with footage from inside a Cargill factory that makes and freezes the nuggets before sending them to McDonald’s restaurants for consumption.
We picked out the most important parts of the process and laid them out in this slideshow.
It’s not pretty, but we can confirm that there’s no “pink goop” to be found.
Here's a photo of the 'pink goop' that often gets associated with McNuggets. 'We don't know what it is or where it came from, but it has nothing to do with our Chicken McNuggets,' says Nicoletta Stefou, the supply chain manager at McDonald's Canada.
'First, we separate all of the chicken cuts and set aside the chicken breast meat for the Chicken McNuggets,' says Jen Rabideau, a product development scientist for Cargill Limited.
Here, the chicken is pushed into the 'blending room,' which is essentially a giant chamber that will transport it to the blender.
Inside the blender, the ground chicken meat is mixed with some seasonings and chicken skin for flavoring.
In the 'forming room,' the blended chicken meat is portioned into the four chicken McNugget shapes: The ball, the bell, the boot, and the bow tie.
Then the nuggets travel down the assembly line to be covered in a light batter, which is shown in the center of this photo.
After being dipped in the light batter, they are covered in a second, thicker batter called tempura.
The chicken nuggets come out on the other side looking a bit like sugar cookies before they are sent into a fryer.
Breaking a fried nugget in half, you can see it's a bit raw inside. The nuggets will now be frozen and sent to McDonald's restaurants, where they will be fully cooked.
Finally, the boxes are marked for shipping and the process of making Chicken McNuggets is completed.
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