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Maxxam Featured in Innovative Program by McDonald’s Canada

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Mississauga, ON. November 19, 2012  As part of its “Our Food. Your Questions” program, Maxxam’s Food Science & Safety Services group was called on to help McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada answer a customer’s question.  Maxxam’s Mississauga laboratory is featured in a 5-minute video response to a question from Sheri N. of Saskatoon who asked: “Is the thing about the Chicken McNuggets true? Are they made from a processed pink sludge of meat and bones ground up with chemicals?”

Maxxam’s France Cho, PhD, Senior Scientific Specialist researched the issue and designed a study that allowed us to thoroughly investigate. Maxxam tested for metals and for bone particles. We tested cooked versus frozen McNuggets and compared the McNuggets results vs. results for chicken breast meat, dark meat and mechanically-separated chicken. In addition, a microscopy study was done at the Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. France conducted statistical analysis on all of the test data and provided clear and defensible results.

In early June, Sue Bigg, Senior Manager, QA – Ontario & Manitoba, greeted Sheri at Sample Reception and took her through the lab to explain the analyses that were going to be conducted. Two weeks later, McDonald’s brought Sheri back to Mississauga for a review of the results. The report indicated that the iron content for the McNuggets was consistent with chicken breast meat; no bone particles and no whitening agents were detected in the McNuggets; and extensive microsopy did not show anything in the McNuggets that was inconsistent with breast meat. 

You can watch the video on YouTube by searching for: “mcnugget microscope”, or by clicking here:

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Donna Garbutt, M.B.A. Chief Executive Officer Maxxam is the Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries and a member of the Bureau Veritas Group of companies – a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services. We support critical decisions made by our customers through the application of rigorous science and the knowledge and expertise of our over 2200 employees. Our annual Corporate Responsibility Report outlines our efforts to continually improve our business performance and practices. Its publication is an industry first and an integral part of our commitment to success with responsibility. LinkedIn
Maxxam Analytics Maxxam is the Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries and a member of the Bureau Veritas Group of companies – a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services. We support critical decisions made by our customers through the application of rigorous science and the knowledge and expertise of our over 2200 employees. Our annual Corporate Responsibility Report outlines our efforts to continually improve our business performance and practices. Its publication is an industry first and an integral part of our commitment to success with responsibility.
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