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Dubai Municipality denies chicken nuggets rumours

Food Safety Department said video of whole chicken being ground into chicken nuggets is not authentic

Dubai Municipality denies chicken nuggets rumours
Chicken McNuggets at a McDonalds fast-food restaurant. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Dubai Municipality has denied the authenticity of a video being distributed via social media showing an entire chicken being ground down to produce chicken nuggets.

Khalid Mohammed Sharif, director of Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality, has stressed that using live chickens, small or big, and shredding them to make chicken nuggets is contrary to GCC, European and US laws and to the rights of animals.

“After all, it is unhealthy and cannot be applied in practice because some animal parts such as feathers, viscera and legs carry microbes in large quantities and will be spread to the product causing serious health problems for the consumer," he said.

He said all types of chicken nuggets prepared in local factories in the UAE are subject to the control of the authorities concerned and it is impossible to follow such practices in food establishments which are routinely inspected.

Sharif reiterated that Dubai Municipality is keen to ensure permanent and accurate control of all food products available in the market and that the safety of these products is of utmost importance.