Is it really any surprise that Industrial food production has disregarded public health in the name of profit?

It should be common knowledge that products like ground beef and hot dogs are filled with the lesser quality cuts of meat, but pink slime is treated with Ammonia to kill bacteria. Ammonia is not good for you to eat.

The “majority of hamburger” now sold in the U.S. now contains fatty slaughterhouse trimmings “the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil,” “typically including most of the material from the outer surfaces of the carcass” that contains “larger microbiological populations.”

This “nasty pink slime,” as one FDA microbiologist called it, is now wrung in a centrifuge to remove the fat, and then treated with AMMONIA to “retard spoilage,” and turned into “a mashlike substance frozen into blocks or chips”.

So, not interested in Ammonia and the beef trimmings once relegated to dog food? Try Chicken, it only has Arsenic, a broad-spectrum class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones that the FDA banned for poultry production, acetaminophin, antihistamine, caffeine and Prozac:

“We were kind of floored,” Keeve E. Nachman, a co-author of both studies and a scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future told the Times. “It’s unbelievable what we found.”

Nachman’s team examined ground chicken feathers from six states and China (feathers, like human hair and nails, contain traces of the chemicals an animal has been exposed to). One of the most troubling substances they identified was a broad-spectrum class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones that the FDA banned for poultry production in 2005. Antibiotics are given to industrially raised meat and poultry to make them grow more quickly. This particular class of drugs breeds so-called “superbugs” which cause antibiotic resistant infections in humans.

Arsenic, a known carcinogen, was found in every feather sample. “It has no place in the human food system,” Sonya Lunder, Senior Research Analyst at the Environmental Working Group, told Yahoo! Shine. Arsenic is fed to chickens and hogs to improve the color of their flesh.

The majority of samples also contained acetaminophin, the active ingredient in Tylenol, and one-third of the samples contained the antihistamine used in Benadryl. The samples from China also showed traces of Prozac. Kristoff explains that all these substances are administered to chickens to reduce stress because that can slow their growth. The feathers also contained caffeine, presumably to counteract the effects of the other substances.

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