Yet another reason to skip the restaurant and eat at home.
A recent study has been released about the quality of meat at your local burger joint. It’s not pretty.
Out of 258 burgers tested, traces of rat and human DNA were found. There were even more shocking results about vegan burgers
Maybe this’ll make you reconsider your dietary habits.
A new study from US-based food testing company Clear Labs has discovered, from a sample of 258 burgers, two cases of meat in vegetarian products, three burgers with rat DNA and one case of human DNA.
“The most likely cause is hair, skin, or fingernail that was accidentally mixed in during the manufacturing process,” it read, referring to the human DNA.
As someone who once worked in the food preparation business, I can attest that restaurants have some of the strictest health and safety standards in the country. But that all means squat if the people preparing your food don’t follow them.
Basic sanitary measures, like gloves or hairnets, can prevent contamination. Regularly-cleaned (as in everyday) facilities would prevent pests like rats getting at the food.
Before you start running to the hills, keep in mind that only 4 out of the 258 burgers tested had either rat or human DNA. That’s 1.55% of the burgers made. Slim odds to be sure, but perhaps you aren’t the gambling type.
The news about vegan burgers will open a few eyes:
Of larger concern than the “unpleasant” DNA findings was that almost a quarter of vegetarian burgers have different ingredients to those on the label. Two veggie burgers contained beef, and one black bean burger contained no black beans... Around 6 per cent of the burgers substituted one product for another. A common finding was that, for meat burgers, chicken or turkey was unexpectedly added in.
You may be wondering how a veggie burger contained meat or no veggies at all.
How could an “all beef” burger contain anything but beef? Unfortunately, this isn’t because of a lack of standards from the FDA or other regulatory bodies.
This comes down to plain, old human error, or perhaps restaurants that are looking the other way to save a buck.
So the next time you get a hankering for a cheeseburger, do a little digging about your local Micky D’s. You may not like what you find.