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You’re Eating Chicken Poop

You’re Eating Chicken Poop

In Wichita, Kansas, there’s a kitschy lip balm brand called Chicken Poop, with a cute disclaimer on the tube reading: “Contains no poop.” In grocery stores all over the country, nearly half of the chicken being sold isn’t as lucky as it is contaminated with chicken poop – the feces, not the lip balm.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) filed a petition on March 14 to implore the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to put fecal contamination warning labels on chicken products. When it comes to fecal contamination, the USDA obviously abides by a zero tolerance policy, but the policy is nothing more than an eyeball test. As long as inspectors can’t see any visible poop on the skin of the chicken, the birds get sent down the conveyor belt even though they’re stuffed with feces.

Sign the Care2 petition asking to show feces warning labels on chickens.

According to the PCRM report, a federal inspector said, “We often see birds going down the line with intestines still attached, which are full of fecal contamination. It is more than reasonable to assume that once the bird gets in to the chill tank, that contamination will enter the water and contaminate all of the other carcasses in the chiller. That’s why it is sometimes called ‘fecal soup.’”

It’s not as if these fowl are being foul just for the fun of it. The manner in which chickens are harvested and processed is egregious, and it appears as if when they are shredded and ripped apart for slaughter, the “stuff” literally hits the fan. So if the PCRM succeeds and warning labels are placed on chicken products, is anybody really going to buy poopy chicken? I’ll spare you the pu pu platter jokes, but feel free to make your own.

The fecal contamination problem is hardly the only scandal infecting the animal agriculture industry right now. Chicken and cows raised on factory farms are fed antibiotics, the bovine human growth hormone, and ground up remains of their fellow species. The animals on these farms are kept in tight, close quarters, moving only a few feet their entire lives. Conventional farms are also responsible for massive deforestation as well as air and water pollution.

If you want to consume the safest, healthiest, and responsibly raised meat, you need to buy certified organic. Organic farms employ ethical practices and treat their animals in a humane way. Organically raised animals aren’t forced to be cannibals, live in a free-range environment, graze at will, and use considerably less resources than a factory farm.

Until the U.S. Department of Agriculture cleans up this poopy, cannibalistic, and environmentally murderous factory farm mess, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to buy a vegetarian cookbook.

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By Patrick Moore for DietsInReview.com

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6:18AM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

I think we have more to fear from the chicken China is going to process for us that the government has approved with none of our inspectors. Sure we are shipping US and Cdn. chicken there - but what are we getting back?

4:56PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Thank goodness I no longer eat chicken...Probably would have lost my appetite after reading this......(Hoping there's no poop in the fish, that would really stink!) Signed!

7:54PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

I don't want any poop on my chicken please.

7:31AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

This should not be a surprise.

7:59PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

There is a horrible lot wrong with the American food industry, but this article reeks of propaganda. No actual news source is cited. However, the one thing that the disinformationist actually got right was that if you are going to eat meat, always buy organic meat, preferably from a local farmer or rancher.

10:41AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

GROSS!!! Signed the petition

9:07PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Ewww! Thanks (I think)!

12:37PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

oh god :/ thanks.

12:12PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Wash your food

11:40AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

well, now there is n artificial meat made from human poop: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/artificial-meat-made-from-poop.html

would that be vegan, i wonder?

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