As much as I castigate Mish for his libertarian cum Austrian fantasies, he's not all wrong, all the time.
Here, he enlightens us on the McRib, which is in fact not made of ribs.
Quoting The Natural Society, Mish shares this information. [Quotes excerpted and not in the order presented]
But what’s really inside the McRib specifically that makes it such a food abomination? Containing over 70 ingredients, the McRib is full of surprises — including ‘restructured meat’ technology that includes traditionally-discarded animal parts brought together to create a rib-like substance.
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Out of the 70 ingredients that make up the ‘pork’ sandwich, a little-known flour-bleaching agent known as azodicarbonamide lies among them.
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In Australia and Europe, the use of azodicarbonamide as a food additive is banned. In Singapore specifically, use of this substance in food can result in a $450,000 fine and 15 years in jail.
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Since McDonald’s knows you’d never eat a pig heart, tongue, or stomach on your plate, they decided instead to grind up these ingredients and put them into the form of a typical rib.
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So in other words, it’s not actually a rib. Instead, it’s a combination of unwanted animal scraps processed down in major facilities and ‘restructured’ into the form of a rib. Then, 70 additives, chemicals, fillers, and GMO ingredients later, you have a ‘meat’ product that tastes like ribs.
Of course, this problem occurs because of unfettered capitalism, placing bottom line profits above any other considerations, including health and decency; and the obvious solution is more stringent regulation - maybe something along the lines of what they have in that capitalist paradise, Singapore.
I wonder what Mish would think about that.