Fecal Contamination Warning Labels
If the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has its way, poultry products in your grocery might soon warn human food consumers about feces contamination.
Kudos to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)! They petitioned the USDA on Mach 14, 2013 “to declare feces an adulterant in poultry products and label products to warn consumers about likely contamination.”
From the PCRM website…
“Nearly half the chicken products sold in supermarkets are contaminated with feces, according to independent laboratory testing commissioned by the Physicians Committee in 2012. The study analyzed chicken samples from 15 grocery store chains in 10 major U.S. cities. The Physicians Committee’s petition explains that even thorough cooking does not remove feces from meat.
“Feces may contain round worms, hair worms, tape worms, and leftover bits of whatever the animal excreting the feces may have eaten, not to mention the usual fecal components of digestive juices and various chemicals that the animal was in the process of excreting,” the petition states.
“The presence of feces can shut down a neighborhood pool for days,” says Joseph Gonzales, R.D., staff dietitian with the Physicians Committee. “No one wants to swim in feces, much less eat it. Consumers deserve to know that the chicken breasts or ground beef they’re purchasing is likely contaminated with feces.”
I agree – consumer do deserve to know.
So do pet food consumers. All pet food consumers deserve to know the quality (and country of origin) of each ingredient in pet foods and treats.
Just for kicks, let’s imagine the warnings that could be (should be) put on the labels of pet foods that contain rendered waste ingredients…
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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