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More Bad News for CAFO Poultry

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Consumer Reports found that hundreds of meat samples tested positive for drugs that are supposed to be banned or restricted in U.S. meat
  • Government data from October 2017 to October 2018 detected salmonella in poultry from producers including Pilgrim’s Pride, Tyson Foods, Foster Farms and many others, at establishments located across the U.S., from Iowa to Arkansas to New York and California
  • A Consumer Reports study of chicken in the U.S. revealed all the brands tested (Perdue, Pilgrim’s, Sanderson Farms and Tyson) contained “worrisome amounts” of bacteria
  • In an analysis of outbreaks from 1998 through 2008, the CDC revealed that “more deaths were attributed to poultry than to any other commodity”
  • If you choose to eat chicken, finding a local grass fed farmer raising chickens on pasture is the safest, and healthiest, route to go; eating organic, pastured eggs is also recommended

There may be unsafe drug residues in your beef, pork, chicken and turkey, but the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), doesn't think you should be alarmed.

Safety scientists at Consumer Reports disagree and suggest the residues could potentially be dangerous — and at the very least consumers should be alerted when residues are found and the potential risks should be investigated. The residues stem from nearly 6,000 samples of meat from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), taken from October 2015 to September 2016.


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