Friday, March 26, 2010
"I (do not) wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner
Do you know what your child's hotdog is made of? We all say we do not want to know, but why? Why do we run from the truth? I like to know where my food comes from and if I don't agree with the process, I can then choose not to eat it! Free will is wonderful! Here is some information on that lovely little "lunch" product we like to eat.
Frankfurter, Hot Dog, Wiener, or Bologna with Byproducts consist of not less than 15% of one or more kinds of raw skeletal muscle meat with raw meat byproducts. The byproducts (heart, kidney, or liver, for example) must be named with the derived species and be individually named in the ingredients statement.
The definition of "meat" was amended in December 1994 to include any "meat" product that is produced by advanced meat/bone separation machinery. This meat is comparable in appearance, texture, and composition to meat trimmings and similar meat products derived by hand. This machinery separates meat from bone by scraping, shaving, or pressing the meat from the bone without breaking or grinding the bone. Product produced by advanced meat recovery (AMR) machinery can be labeled using terms associated with hand-deboned product (e.g., "pork trimmings" and "ground pork").
Turkey Franks or Chicken Franks can contain turkey or chicken and turkey or chicken skin and fat in proportion to a turkey or chicken carcass. But a Turkey dog will only contain turkey and a Chicken dog will only contain chicken.
Information gathered from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Safety Inspection Services.