Fresh chicken might be "enhanced" with water, salt

SEATTLE - The fresh chicken you buy at the meat counter isn't always just chicken. Some fresh chicken is "enhanced," as it's called, with a solution of water, salt, sodium phosphate and sometimes other ingredients injected or otherwise added during processing for moistness and flavor. Under federal rules the package front must declare the addition. The label might say, "Enhanced with up to 15 percent solution" - that is, 15 percent of this product's weight comes from the added liquid. But sometimes the print is so small you might not notice it.
calendar icon 14 January 2005
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