Five Dangerous Substances Big Ag Pumps Into Your Meat

Chicken Farm 034Buy your meat direct from your local farmer or go vegetarian! Here’s why, via EcoWatch:

It is no secret that in the war against meat pathogens in commercial U.S. meat production, the pathogens are winning. The logical result of the tons of antibiotics Big Meat gives livestock (not because they are sick, but to fatten them up) is clear: antibiotics that no longer work against antibiotic-resistant diseases like staph (MRSA), enterococci (VRE) and C.difficile. Antibiotic-resistant infections, once limited to hospitals and nursing homes, can now be acquired in the community, Florida public beaches and on the highway behind a poultry truck.

Big Meat has found some novel ways to retard the growth of salmonella, E.coli and listeria on commercially grown meat, but it does not necessarily want people to know about them and these substances are conspicuously absent from labels.

1. Chlorine Baths

If you want to know the most problematic ingredients in our food supply, just look at the items the European Union boycotts, starting with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), hormone beef and chicken dipped in chlorine baths. U.S. Big Food lobbyists are pushing hard to circumvent the European bans, says MintPress News, especially “bleached chicken.” They claim the “many unwarranted non-tariff trade barriers … severely limit or prohibit the export of certain U.S. agricultural products to the EU.”

That’s the idea. In fact, the EU has not accepted U.S. poultry since 1997.

Why do U.S. poultry processors use chlorine? It “kills bacteria, controls slime and algae, increases product shelf life [and] eliminates costly hand-cleaning labor and materials” in addition to disinfecting “wash down” and “chilling” water. “Pinners” in the slaughter facility who remove the birds’ feathers by hand wash their hands with chlorinated water to “reduce odors and bacterial count” after which the birds are sprayed to “wash all foreign material from the carcass.” Meat is similarly disinfected with chlorine, says one industrial paper, especially because conveyer belts are “ideal breeding grounds for bacteria.”…

[continues at EcoWatch]

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  • BuzzCoastin

    recently I spent some time with average aMerkins
    I found that they don’t trust natural food
    they preferred industrial white eggs to my brownish home grown eggs
    they preferred the much cheaper industrial chicken meat
    which had been previously froozen
    however, they did buy the local grass fed beef
    but only because it’s the same price as industrial beef here

    it seems to me that the modern cybor diet
    is considered safe
    while the more natural diet
    is viewed as suspiciously unsafe

    nice bit of programming that

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