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Turkey Burgers Contaminated With Superbug

Written by PETA | April 5, 2011

If fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and dehydration aren’t your idea of ‘healthy,’ step away from the turkey burgers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service recalled nearly 55,000 pounds of Jennie-O All-Natural turkey burgers when the meat was found to be infected with salmonella hadar, which is resistant to antibiotics. So far, cases have been reported in 10 states, although the turkey was distributed nationwide.

An investigation reveals violence and cruelty at turkey factory farms in West Virginia. The footage was shot at “the world’s leading poultry breeding company.”

Besides the fact that turkey flesh is devoid of fiber and is loaded with even more fat and cholesterol than many cuts of beef, the USDA reports that one out of eight turkeys is infected with salmonella. The cramped, filthy conditions on factory farms enable bacteria to spread like wildfire, and the antibiotics routinely given to birds to keep them alive long enough to be slaughtered contribute to the development of drug-resistant “superbugs.” 

The good news is that you can get the taste of turkey without the icky-ness by gobbling up TofurkyTofu TurkeyNative Food’s Holiday Wellington, or Gardein’s Veggie Turkey Breast.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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