Conventional Meat Products Are Being Sprayed With Viruses To Supposedly 'Protect Meat'
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with the responsibility to inspect and regulate food in the United States, yet its methods of regulation continuously place the health of Americans at risk. In its quest to completely denature the nutritional value of foods, the brilliant minds of the FDA proposed that a virus cocktail spray (containing 6 viruses) be administered to meat products to prevent a very rare infection which occurs in infants and the elderly.
The spray was initially approved by the FDA in August of 2006, and since then no labeling requirements have been proposed to advise the public on specific meat products that have the viral spray applied.
"It's ridiculous," said consumer advocate for natural foods Timothy Mooney. "People should know if they are purchasing any products with this spray, yet the FDA refuses to enforce policies to label these products."
The listeria bacteria is as natural as any other bacteria found on earth. It is found in soil, water and the intestines of food-producing animals.
The spray was initially developed in an unscientific attempt to combat listeriosis, a bacterial infection caused by a bacteria. Listeriosis is relatively rare and occurs primarily in newborn infants, elderly patients, and patients who are immunocompromised. Listeriosis has an extremely low incidence in humans. As an example, in the United States, less than 3000 people become ill with listeriosis each year. So for less than 3000 people who may happen to contract listeriosis out of a population of over 300,000,000, the FDA feels the justification to spray meat products around the entire country with this cocktail containing an array of potentially dangerous and untested bacteriophages with no evidence of safety effects on long-term health.
Bacteriophages, like all viruses, contain protein. These proteins can cause allergic reactions, just like milk proteins cause milk allergies.
The bacteriophages might also get into battle with the friendly bacteria in the digestive system, making it harder for the body to digest food. But that's another risk the FDA really is not concerned about since they already allow the wide spread use of antibiotics on farms. The FDA also allows bacteriophages to be used in pesticides, including those sprayed on crops.
Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.