FDA-Approved Virus Meat Additive

Bacteria-eating viruses (bacteriophages) have been approved as meat additives to reduce the food safety risks associated with processed meat and poultry products. There is a concern, however, that viruses fed to chickens could spread toxin genes between bacteria, the subject of today’s NutritionFacts.org video pick above.

In my book Bird Flu I have a chapter about more of these creative meat industry “technofixes.” Rectal poultry superglue, anyone?

In the video I talk about Listeria, the third leading cause of food poisoning related death. For more about leading causes #1 and #2, see my videos Total Recall and Brain Parasites in Meat, and for what Campylobacter can do, Poultry and Paralysis.

For videos on other risks associated with processed meat consumption, see Preventing COPD with Diet, Prevention Is Better Than Cured Meat, and Hot Dogs & Leukemia.

Other feed additives of questionable safety in chicken are depicted in my videos Arsenic in Chicken and Drug Residues in Meat.

The meat industry is concerned that consumers might be wary of the meat sprayed with bacteria-eating viruses: “[C]onsumer acceptance of bacteriophage usage may present something of a challenge to the food industry.”

If they think they’re going to have consumer acceptance issues with spreading viruses on meat, that’s nothing compared to an even more novel technique to preserve meat I profile in my video Maggot Meat Spray. Think about it. Maggots thrive on rotting meat, yet there have been no reports that housefly larvae have any serious diseases, indicating that they may have a strong immune system. They must be packed with some sort of antibacterial properties—otherwise they’d presumably get infected and die themselves. So, researchers took 3-day-old maggots, blended them up, and whallah—good grub! Or shall I say grubs?

Other videos liable to bug you include Cheese Mites and Maggots, Are Artificial Colors Harmful?, and Nontoxic Head Lice Treatment.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Image credit: Bacter / Wikimedia Commons


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William C
William C9 days ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

denard T2 years ago

The government has been trying to decrease the population for the past 30-40years. And this is one way to do it legally. If we do not wake up and see that they are slowly but surely taking our rights away, creating crisis to scare us to take our rights away (ie 911 patriot act)we will surely be left with a dictatorship. As they create crisis to take our rights away,we sit back and except clone meat,and all the other deadly toxins that they are adding to our food.

Magdalena J.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

Lisa Ann Magerman
Lisa Ann M4 years ago

So Happy To Be Vegan.

Ann F.
Ann Fenner4 years ago

In the end what will kill us is greed and laziness.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

Wow. Organic meat for sure.

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago



Dale Overall

Factory farming is always full of toxins, if one buys meat then one needs to simply avoid the factory farm. Buy local and organic and a lot of these problems will not exist. Same goes for veggies, do you want to eat spinach sprayed constantly with toxic chemicals that slowly poison your system over time Before one eats that soy burger, 60 per cent of the world's soy is genetically modified.

As for people feeding on death, we all do, as a species we cannot escape that be it veggies or nuts and seeds, these were once living. Who are we to say that the existence of a plant is less important than that of a hen? That is a man made idea that our lives are more valuable because we have nerve endings and a brain. If Mother Nature redesigns the planet so we can all subsist on rock pate then we will be able to live and dine off non living material. Until then, we all feed on what was formerly alive or we ourselves would die.

Eating organic spares us from most toxins.