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My Bologna Has an Ingredient, It’s Mechanically Separated Poultry

January 10, 2008 | By More

bologna.jpgFoodgoat didn’t like bologna before, and he disliked it even more after learning that one of the key ingredients was “mechanically separated chicken”.

For those who don’t know what that means, it is:

…paste-like and batter-like poultry product produced by forcing bones, with attached edible tissue, through a sieve or similar device under high pressure to separate bone from the edible tissue.

Bologna, according to the USDA, is a hot dog. Bologna can contain any amount of mechanically separated chicken or turkey but no more than 20% mechanically separated pork. Fortunately, mechanically separated meat (MSM) must be labeled as such in the ingredients statement.

Mechanically separated meat contains lower-quality protein than that found in meat from muscle tissue, and bone marrow, so it’s higher in fat and cholesterol.

[Food Goat]

Category: Food

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