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Chicken nuggets: Often made from inferior meat and well traveled

Vienna - "Roast-like foamy, starchy mass with muscle fibers, grown skeletal muscles, connective tissue, spices", sometimes "poultry skin": This mixture, also known as "molded meat", is found in four of eight chicken nugget products tested by the magazine "Konsument" for home. The remaining chicken nuggets that were examined contained "normal" pieces of chicken.

Terms such as "put together from tender chicken" or "shaped pieces of chicken fillet" indicate, according to "Konsument", that a nugget consists of small to tiny pieces of meat. The Austrian food handbook only speaks of "molded meat" if, at most, pieces of meat the size of hazelnut have been mixed with table salt, mechanically processed and pressed into shape under pressure. In terms of food law, that's perfectly fine.

The poultry had previously traveled widely for all of the products examined: the "raw material" is bought all over the world, the testers learned. The degree of self-sufficiency with chicken meat in Austria is 91 percent. Domestically, however, the quantities required for nugget production cannot be obtained at a competitive price, according to local processors.

No chicken nuggets from Austrian fattening farms

The origin of the chickens used caused astonishment among the testers: in no single case did they come from Austria. These are imported from Germany, Slovenia and France, for example. Glenfell (Lidl) and Iglo import their poultry from Brazil. Clever and Gourmet Gold name the EU and South America as sources. With the exception of the two tested Spar products, processing is also carried out abroad, preferably in Germany. "If you want nuggets from an Austrian fattening farm instead of a well-traveled chicken, you can only make it yourself," the VKI sums up.

The breaded bites from the freezer, which you only have to put on the baking sheet or fry in the pan, are especially popular with children. They are not a lean meal. The breading makes up 35 to 45 percent of the total product. The amounts of fat are astonishingly wide: between five and 18 percent fat content was found. (APA / red)

More information at www.konsument.at or in the September issue of Konsument.