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Why is poop allowed in your food?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

fecal contamination in store bought meat

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  • While the U.S. Department of Agriculture states they have a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to fecal matter in meat, this only applies to feces that can be seen by workers on inspection lines
  • These inspectors may view up to 175 chickens in a minute — far too many to catch every speck of poop that may be there
  • The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) found 48% of 120 chicken products tested were contaminated with E. coli, commonly found in feces
  • PCRM filed a lawsuit against the USDA over the fecal contamination issue, but the agency is still refusing to take action
  • With foodborne diseases causing 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, it’s time the USDA stepped up to keep consumers safe, but so far they’re dodging responsibility instead

Nobody wants to think about consuming feces in their chicken or steak dinner, but trace amounts of fecal contamination are a reality that exists in store-bought meat. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture states they have a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to fecal matter in meat, this only applies to feces that can be seen by workers on inspection lines.

These inspectors may view up to 175 chickens in a minute — far too many to catch every speck of poop that may be there. There’s an obvious yuck factor there, but in addition feces can contain E. coli and other pathogens that can make you sick.


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