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Mechanically Deboned Meat
Bergdale strives to offer you only the best and healthiest options on the market, and this is why you will never see the letters MDM, MSM or MRM on any of our labels.
MDM is a much cheaper alternative to pure meat and is commonly used to cut costs when manufacturing processed meat products. Those of you who remember the Listeria outbreak from a few years ago will also recall that MDM was widely thought to be the source of these outbreaks.
We are very proud to say that not a single one of our products contain this ingredient.
To help you understand the true nature of this ingredient, we will cite Wikipedia's explanation for you below:
Mechanically separated meat (MSM), mechanically recovered/reclaimed meat (MRM), or mechanically deboned meat (MDM) is a paste-like meat product produced by forcing pureed or ground beef, pork, mutton, turkey or chicken, under high pressure through a sieve or similar device to separate the bone from the edible meat tissue. It is sometimes called white slime as an analog to meat-additive pink slime and to meat extracted by advanced meat recovery systems, both of which are different processes. The process entails pureeing or grinding the carcass left after the manual removal of meat from the bones and then forcing the slurry through a sieve under pressure. This puree includes bone, bone marrow, skin, nerves, blood vessels, and the scraps of meat remaining on the bones. The resulting product is a blend primarily consisting of tissues not generally considered meat along with a much smaller amount of actual meat (muscle tissue). In some countries such as the United States, these non-meat materials are processed separately for human and non-human uses and consumption. The process is controversial; Forbes, for example, called it a "not-so-appetizing meat production process"
Our goal as a company is to educate and inspire families to make healthier choices in their everyday living. We believe this starts by understanding product labels and what we are packing in lunchboxes and feeding our families on a daily basis.