Viral meat spray [video included]
Problem: Processed meat and poultry products are an ideal environment for the growth of the deadly bacteria Listeria.
FDA approved solution: A spray containing viruses that eat the bacteria on the meat.
A virus cocktail.
I think I’ll pass on that one.
Bacteria-eating viruses (bacteriophages) have been approved as meat additives to reduce the risk of Listeria and Campylobacter found in processed meat and poultry products, but there is a concern they could spread toxin genes between bacteria. For more about leading food poisoning causes of death #1 and #2 see Total Recall (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/total-recall/) and Brain Parasites in Meat (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/brain-parasites-in-meat/).
For videos on other risks associated with processed meat consumption, see Preventing COPD with Diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/preventing-copd-with-diet/), Prevention Is Better Than Cured Meat (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/prevention-is-better-than-cured-meat/), and Hot Dogs & Leukemia (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/hot-dogs-leukemia/).
For videos on other chicken feed additives of questionable safety, see Arsenic in Chicken (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/arsenic-in-chicken/) and Drug Residues in Meat (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/drug-residues-in-meat/), and for what Campylobacter can do, Poultry and Paralysis (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/poultry-and-paralysis/).
Please also feel free to check out any of the other 1,000+ thousand topics (http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/), and if you didn’t like the thought of the meat industry spreading viruses on your food, tomorrow’s video is entitled [Maggot Meat Spray].
Have a question for Dr. Greger about this video? Leave it in the comment section at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/viral-meat-spray and he’ll try to answer it!