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You’ll Run for the Bowl After You Eat From the Bucket

Written by PETA | May 11, 2010

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced new regulations that are meant to curb the number of meat-eaters who are rushed to hospitals after being sickened by life-threatening foodborne illnesses. It’s believed that the “improvements” will keep 39,000 Americans from being infected with campylobacter and 26,000 from being sickened by salmonella-tainted chicken and turkey flesh—a small reduction from the 3 to 4 million Americans who contract these diseases every year.

In other words, the “improvements” promise little more than a drop in a KFC bucket.

What will a meat-eater’s chances of getting sick from salmonella or campylobacter be under the new regulations? Considering that the new standards allow for 7.5 percent of chicken corpses at a plant to test positive for salmonella—and that of those corpses, 10 percent can be “highly contaminated” and 46 percent can have “low levels” of contamination—we’d say still pretty good, er, bad.

In a recent analysis, Consumer Reports found that among “fresh” whole chickens bought in 22 states, two-thirds harbored salmonella and/or campylobacter.

Folks, these new “safeguards” won’t do squawk squat to keep consumers safe from salmonella and campylobacter. The simple fact is that eating chickens and turkeys will sicken just about every meat-eater sooner or later. Those who care about animal welfare become sickened when they learn about the abuse of billions of birds on factory farms and in slaughterhouses. Those who don’t know about this abuse will likely find themselves locked in the loo at some point, sickened by salmonella and/or campylobacter—or worse, they’ll find themselves in emergency rooms thanks to heart attacks, strokes, or other conditions that are linked to meat consumption.

All the more reason to urge everyone you know to say, “Bye bye, birdies! Hello, Gardein!”

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Shawna Flavell says:

    Tom I would love to see your source. For something to be considered an “outbreak” many people must become ill. For wildanimal waste to cause something on that scale doesn’t seem likely.

  • Jacob says:

    Interesting information on the contamination. I can describe it in three words WHAT. THE. F.

  • Molly says:

    The commercial where every bucket you buy some of the proceeds go to the Susan G Komen foundation is absolutely sickening. Let’s torture these animals to raise money so we can torture other animals… Sick

  • Jody says:

    Jay artificial chicken has only just lately been produced and it is nowhere near a point where it can be consumed. Chicken is still so cheap because major food meat companies like Tyson give millions of dollars to government officials in return for billions in water and food subsidies that the government is supposed to give to actual farmers. If it wasn’t for the subsidies the average pound of beef would cost over $75. watch Food Inc to see what I mean

  • Jay says:

    Artificial meat chicken is possible to produce you showed it already and I ask myself why isn’t it easier to get and chicken still so cheap?

  • Tom says:

    Shawna Although E. coli is a fecal bacteriium there is no evidence the contamination is coming from factory meat production. the fecal matter could be coming from anywhere such as wild animals defecating in the vegetable rows. Many of the vegetable farms aren’t near commercial pork beef or chicken ranches.

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    Tom Vegetables become contaminated with E. coli because of waste runoff from factory farms. E. coli is a fecal bacterium and it only ends up in food that comes into contact with feces. httpwww.huffingtonpost.comkathyfrestonecolisalmonellaandothb415240.html

  • Justin says:

    I will run for the bowl after I finish digesting it maybe.

  • Rev. Meg Schamm says:

    For those who want more information on the damage food poisoning can do google S.T.O.P Safe Tables Our Priority. you can also find information on what this organization is doing to try and improve food safety.

  • Tom says:

    Here lately it doesn’t appear that eating contaminated meat is the cause of diseases as much as eating contaminated vegetables. The last major Ecoli outbreaks have been due to contaminated lettuce tomatoes and peppers not meat.

  • Kris says:

    I rather have Gardein that any animal product any day! I love their new ‘lunch with me’ foods! Mmm nothing tastes better than plant protein!

  • Rachel Commandant says:

    Ugh I wish some one who had more knowledge than me on these subjects would come to my school and knock some sense into ignorant kidddies.