Op-Ed: Horse Meat Found in Chicken Nuggets, The Scandal Grows


Candace Calloway Whiting – Seattle PI

Horse meat in chicken nuggets?  That is just wrong on so many levels…


There is a real risk that you would wind up eating horses unknowingly if slaughter is permitted.

Following the news that horse meat was found in the Swedish Meatballs in franchises of Ikea and in hamburger patties in Europe, Greek officials checked their nation’s meat products,  and according to the UKMeat Trades Journal, the officials found horse meat in as much as 50% of their traditional sausages and hamburger patties, and trace amounts in schnitzel.

But the 10%  horse meat content in chicken nuggets is the real kicker, and leaves you wondering what to eat when in Europe or other countries where the slaughter of horses is permitted.

Can it happen here?  Absolutely, if the slaughter industry succeeds in their present push to open horse slaughter facilities again in the U.S. We have seen this kind of fraud time and time again in the U.S., the latest of which is the mislabeling of fish recently uncovered by Oceana:

-The study found mislabeling in 27 of the 46 seafood types tested. It revealed that 59 percent of fish sold as tuna in U.S. restaurants and grocery stores is not actually tuna.

Only snapper, mislabeled 87 percent of the time and in reality any one of six different species, was sold fraudulently more often.

Disturbingly, 84 percent of fish samples described as ‘white tuna’ were actually escolar. Escolar is a type of snake mackerel that has rich, buttery flesh, but unpleasant side effects.

Another example is the familiar Chicken McNugget, which only contains half chicken:

No one in his or her right mind would cook chicken like this. Yet every day, hoards of Americans consume these ingredients in Chicken McNuggets, which McDonalds claims are “made with white meat, wrapped up in a crisp tempura batter.”

However chicken only accounts for about 50% of a Chicken McNugget. The other 50% includes a large percentage of corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and other completely synthetic ingredients, meaning that parts of the nugget do not come from a field or farm at all. They come from a petroleum plant. Hungry?

Scariest perhaps is the fact that this recipe is a new and improved, “healthier” Chicken McNugget launched in 2003 after a federal judge called the deep-fried poultry bites “a McFrankenstein creation of various elements not utilized by the home cook.” Also terrifying is the fact that these McFrankenuggets are overwhelmingly marketed to children who love their fun shapes and kid-friendly size. The Organic Authority.

Let’s not add the worry that we might be served up ‘Black Beauty on a Bun’ when we think we’re getting a burger, or chicken, or sausage…please learn more about the risks of horse slaughter, and take action (from Habitat for Horses):


AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • We all need to rethink why it’s acceptable or indeed necessary to consume the corpse of any animal.

    April 5, 2013
  • Sue Wallis Lies

    Gross, I ate a McNugget once and thought it tasted like crap. It didn’t taste like chicken at all to me. Just goes to show you that any way to save or make money is used.

    April 5, 2013
  • Linda Jackson

    I guess if public outcry isn’t enough we’re further along than “Soylent Green.” Elections are coming up, we should all be contacting our legislators.

    April 5, 2013
  • Margaret

    That’s why I now use tvp. I can get many different “flavors that are dried. Meaning I need to rehydrate them. This works for me cause I’m one person. For me, its easy to rid of the “can” smell so many complain of. You soak all the freeze dried foods in boiling water for an hour or so. Let all the veggies soak up as much water as possible.

    Drain in a colander. Leave it for awhile. Get them a bit dried out moisture wise. They make up into wonderful stir fry. I use hash brown potatoes as my base.

    I’ve often wondered how to make chicken nuggets at home. Those are great tasting but not real food. Not in the slightest. The chicken doesn’t taste, isn’t the consistency of, or look like chicken. And since the scandal broke out I don’t trust frozen meat patties of any sort. I have more faith in veggie burgers–like Morningstar or Boca Burgers.

    Cattle ranchers, Ken Salazar and the meat packing plants in Europe have all of themselves to thank for my choices. I hope others join me. We can send a message loud and clear that we don’t like all the cow manure being heaped on unsuspecting customers.

    April 5, 2013
  • jean robertson

    This just adds one more nail to the coffin which will end horse slaughter for human consumption. Keep digging.

    April 5, 2013
  • Jackie

    Read to the end. So far they haven’t found horse meat in our McNuggets .. BUT read what IS in them!!

    April 5, 2013
  • sherriey

    OMG! i think i don’t feel too well!!! just when i thought i could trust just eating poultry and FISH! TUNA FISH!!!!!!!
    i don’t eat at Micky-D’s or Burger King….but i do buy Tuna Fish!

    April 5, 2013
  • Silly Canadians thinking that only the Europeans are eating toxic horse meat. We should be so lucky.

    April 5, 2013
  • Gayle

    It is so scarey to know even the USDA and their sloppy inspections allow a lot of labeling that is not correct. The consumer is at risk of any thing they eat here in the U.S. as well. All sorts of recalls and tainted beef etc. The world is such a scam and we pay for what?? We have corrupt govt. and even when we had horse slaughter in the U.S. the USDA failed miserably at their jobs. I am surprised folks even eat out with the way even our food is handled, and how animals are treated in the ” gruesome slaughter facilities.” Even have to watch where fish is from on the labels, then is the label correct? Shame on the foreign people that think they LOVE horse meat.

    April 6, 2013