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Happy Superbowl Watching… Please Pass the Feces!

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has a message for all the people going to Superbowl parties today:

More than 1.23 billion chicken wings will be devoured as football fans watch the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl... Just five wings have more calories, fat, and cholesterol than a Big Mac. Sickening, but more nauseating: Most chicken products people eat are tainted with feces.

They go into more detail:

A typical large processing plant may slaughter more than a million birds per week. There, chickens are stunned, killed, bled, and sent through scalding tanks, which help remove feathers but also act as reservoirs that transfer feces from one carcass to another. After scalding, feathers and intestines are mechanically removed. Intestinal contents can spill onto machinery and contaminate the muscles and organs of the chicken and those processed afterward.


Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Feb 03, 2013 | Number of Comments: 7
Category: Food, Excrement
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If you've ever seen what chickens eat you'd forgo their meat.

Of... come vaccinate 10,000 with me and we'll see how you fair afterwards.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/03/13 at 09:10 AM
Expat- Did you mean "how you FARE afterwards"? Neutering pigs is an unfun job, but I still love bacon.
Posted by Qwert on 02/03/13 at 01:45 PM
I once visited a chicken processing plant where all of the kill room refuse, all of the feathers, the heads, feet, and any other unused parts were flushed into a pipe that ran next door to another plant where they made - you guessed it - chicken feed.

Drumstick, anyone?
Posted by ewdove on 02/03/13 at 02:10 PM
I should of mentioned that gelding bores can be fun!
Posted by Qwert on 02/03/13 at 02:28 PM
Gross as that is, how do you think those germs fare in a deep fryer or 350 degree (or so) oven during cooking? Also, all statistics about cigs, obesity, and the like are now suspect in my book due to the any lie for the better good attitude prevailing now. Oh, did I mention global warming stats too??
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 02/03/13 at 03:24 PM
Everything everywhere is contaminated with something. Fortunately, a while back someone invented this thing called "cooking," which when done properly will generally kill the contaminants.
Posted by Frank on 02/03/13 at 03:35 PM
@Qwert: No, my friend, I meant how was one supposed to want to take his/her chickens to the county fair to be judged. tongue wink

Of = Or too.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/03/13 at 04:26 PM
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