By Blake Buford, HoneyColony Original

The McRib is back, and it is disgusting. TIME Magazine looked at what’s actually in the infamous invention at McDonald’s, and the results aren’t pretty:

“If you haven’t indulged in one yet, here’s what you’re missing: azodicarbonamide, ammonium sulfate and polysorbate 80 — those are just three of the 70 ingredients (34 in the bun alone) that go into the BBQ pork sandwich, according to the restaurant’s website.

These components are in small enough quantities to be innocuous. But it’s still a little disconcerting to know that, for example, azodicarbonamide, a flour-bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics like in gym mats and the soles of shoes, is found in the McRib bun. The compound is banned in Europe and Australia as a food additive. (England’s Health and Safety Executive classified it as a ‘respiratory sensitizer’ that potentially contributes to asthma through occupational exposure.) The U.S. limits azodicarbonamide to 45 parts per million in commercial flour products, based on analysis of lab testing.”

If that’s not nasty enough for you, the gelatinous, manufactured, meat-like patty in the McRib is made using “restructured meat technology,” a term which has thankfully been defined for the masses:

“Restructured meat products are commonly manufactured by using lower-valued meat trimmings reduced in size by comminution (flaking, chunking, grinding, chopping or slicing). The comminuted meat mixture is mixed with salt and water to extract salt-soluble proteins. These extracted proteins are critical to produce a ‘glue’ which binds muscle pieces together. These muscle pieces may then be reformed to produce a ‘meat log’ of specific form or shape. The log is then cut into steaks or chops which, when cooked, are similar in appearance and texture to their intact muscle counterparts.”

To try to polish the McRib’s reputation, McDonald’s is now making a concerted effort to tell news outlets that “no tripe, heart, stomach, offal or similar parts are used” in the patty. Phew! The sandwich was beginning to sound gross!

Photos by Sher Yip and Ken Kuhl.

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  • Maryam Henein

    This story is awesome! Well written and sassy!

  • bellalaine

    Well written and true. Apparently McD’s only puts this gastronomical madness on the menu certain times of the year to keep up the hype. I have also read where it’s got a cult following.

    Gym mats. Delicious!

  • wiemerp

    I think it’s time we take our food back and only eat grass fed beef etc.

  • CMili

    Just enough info for the masses. Those who really don’t care about what they eat will ignore anything written. The few of us, despite lack of funds, will search out more information and turn our heads away, even for the BOGO special! (I was always suspicious of this preformed concoction. THANKS!

  • BestwaytoHealth.Com

    It surprises me that The local Health Department would quickly cite a restaurant for an unclean restroom rather than taking note of the poisonous ingredients found in many processed foods today… WTF?

  • amontesanti66

    WOW I am so glad that I read this article. I am going to post it on my facebook page. Thanks!!!

  • nursedopple

    This is not food, but a “food-like” product. Disgusting.

  • Libeccio42

    All fast food establishments, especially large chains, should be forced to list ALL ingredients making up the products sold for consumption, along with other information dealing with actual nutritional values!
    I bet if this becomes a reality, the fast food world will disappear, leaving the place to healthier “slow food” and the health of all Americans will improve!

  • organicthroughout

    This story is fabulous. Might be healthier to eat the box it comes in . . .

  • Chessie Roberts

    EUW!!! >.<

  • HaleyM

    Wow, I’m glade I never had the urge to eat a McRib, or a McNasty. This was a well written artical with eye-openig facts.

  • Rae0587

    Let alone the fact that it’s BBQ and pickles… I dunnoooo