most assuredly is not what we choose to contemplate is it…???

clip_image002…. There is quite understandably when reading the headline below, to immediately demonize the chicken farmer and processing facility…but… a significant contributor to the source of these drugs just might be…“US”…you and/or me.

This most assuredly is not what we choose to contemplate is it…???

The source of the water supplying thee facilities are not disclosed so it is possible the water used in all phases of chicken raising and processing is supplied by a reputedly government sanctioned “safe” water vendor.

Here’s where we can enter this water equation as the source of this SAFE water could be from a water treatment facility from cities utilizing what are reputed to be the most advanced state-of-the-art sophisticated wastewater treatment processes.

KNOW THIS …We do not currently possess the technology to REMOVE all pollutants from our water which can contain more than 80,000 residuals from manmade chemicals, toxins, drugs, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, which we allow to flushed down our commodes.

It is this “water” which can then become the raw source for the water used by chicken industry.

You don’t have to like it…but…understand…YES… we can most assuredly be a part of the problem…

You May Be Eating Chicken Contaminated With a Hallucinogenic Drug

The nation’s third biggest poultry producer is falsely advertising chicken that tested positive for a slew of drugs as "100% Natural."    By Katherine Paul / AlterNet  Three nonprofit groups filed suit June 22 against Laurel, Missippippi-based Sanderson Farms, Inc. for falsely advertising products that contain a wide range of unnatural and in some cases prohibited substances, as “100% Natural.”

Substances include antibiotics, steroids, hormones and even a drug with hallucinogenic effects. The groups suing Sanderson are Organic Consumers Association (OCA), Friends of the Earth (FoE) and Center for Food Safety (CFS).

Sanderson Chicken claims its chicken is 100% natural or "nothing but chicken." But recent testing conducted by the National Residue Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) found 49 instances in which samples of Sanderson products tested positive for residues of synthetic drugs. Thirty-three percent of the 69 FSIS inspections, conducted in five states, uncovered residues no reasonable consumer would consider "natural."

Test results included:

  • Eleven instances of antibiotics for human use, including chloramphenical, which is prohibited for use in food animals.
  • Positive results for ketamine, a drug with hallucinogenic effects, using testing methods normally applied to beef and pork. Valid testing methods have not been developed for ketamine in poultry, because ketamine is not approved for use in poultry.
  • Ketoprofren, an anti-inflammatory drug.
  • Prednisone, a steroid.
  • Reports of growth two hormones: melengesterol acetate and a beta agonist ractopamine. Both are banned in chicken production.
  • Six instances of residues of amoxicillin, a medically important antibiotic for human use and one that is not approved for use in poultry. Deserves further investigation because, similar to ketamine, valid testing methods have been developed only for beef.
  • Three instances of penicillin residue at up to 0.285 ppb, for which the residue regulatory limit is zero.
  • Positive test results for the pesticides abamectin and Emamectin, using testing methods that apply to pork.

"Consumers should be alarmed that any food they eat contains steroids, recreational or anti-inflammatory drugs, or antibiotics prohibited for use in livestock—much less that these foods are falsely advertised and labeled ‘100% Natural,’" said Ronnie Cummins, OCA’s international director. "Sanderson’s advertising claims are egregiously misleading to consumers, and unfair to competitors. The organic and free-range poultry sector would be growing much more rapidly if consumers knew the truth about Sanderson’s products and false advertising."

"Drugs in our chicken is anything but natural," said Kari Hamerschlag, FoE’s deputy director of food and technology. "This scandal is a wakeup call to all the consumers who want healthier meat. The widespread presence of drugs in Sanderson Farms chicken reflects the excessive use of antibiotics and other chemicals used to keep animals alive in the filthy, inhumane, factory-farm conditions in which the birds are raised."

"Sanderson Farms’ claim that there is ‘only chicken in [their] chicken’ is an outright lie," said Paige Tomaselli, senior attorney at CFS, and co-counsel in the case. “The pharmaceuticals and other contaminants that FSIS found in Sanderson’s chicken present potential human health and food safety risks. Consumers are being deceived in thinking that these products are natural and wholesome.”

With FY 2016 sales of $2.816 billion, Sanderson Farms sells chicken in California and other states, under its own brand name and private labels, through retail stores such as Shaw’s, Albertsons, Food 4 Less, Foods Co, WinCo Foods and others. Sanderson chicken is also distributed to institutions, and is sold to casual dining outlets, such as Arby’s, Darden Restaurants (which owns Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Yardhouse, Capitol Grill and others), Dairy Queen and Chili’s.

The nonprofits are represented by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Richman Law Group, Santa Fe, N.M.-based Elsner Law & Policy and Center for Food Safety (CFS).

Read the formal complaint and sign the OCA petition telling Sanderson Farms to stop advertising its contaminated chicken as "100% Natural."

Katherine Paul is associate director of the Organic Consumers Association.

 

 

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