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6 Food Industry Tricks You Don’t Know About

Food Industry Tricks

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  • Even the simplest of foods – apples, oranges, and chicken, for example – are commonly altered, treated with chemicals, or even injected with artificial coloring
  • Farm-raised salmon are fed synthetic “pigment pellets” to turn their flesh pink; without them, farmed salmon would be an unappetizing grey color
  • Some Florida oranges are sprayed with Citrus Red No. 2, an artificial dye that’s been linked to tumors in animal studies
  • Many produce items are coated in wax that may be petroleum-based and can lock in pesticide residue and debris
  • The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) permits poultry producers to put poultry through an antimicrobial wash, using chlorine and other chemicals to kill pathogens – a practice that is banned in the European Union

By Dr. Mercola

If you shop in a typical US supermarket or big-box store, there may be more to your food purchases than meets the eye. Even the simplest of foods – apples, oranges, and chicken, for example – are commonly altered, treated with chemicals, or even injected with artificial coloring.


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