Up to nearly ten percent of Americans may be infected with brain parasites from undercooked meat. One example is the brain-invasive pork tapeworm, which is the most common cause of adult-onset epilepsy. Allergenic fish worms found in nearly two-thirds of retail fish tested can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Cheese may contain mites and maggots (“cheese skippers”). Nearly 95% of tested retail U.S. beef (including burgers) have been found infested with parasites. The meat industry has responded to this problem by feeding arsenic to chickens and pigs to reduce the parasite load.

Topic summary contributed by Anthony L. Zacchino.
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