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Maggot Meat Spray

Given their inherent resistance to food-poisoning bacteria, maggots can be used to create an antibacterial food additive to increase the safety of the meat supply.

June 15, 2012 |
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The meat industry is concerned that consumers might be wary of the meat sprayed with bacteria-eating viruses. “consumer acceptance of bacteriophage usage may present something of a challenge to the food industry.” If they think they’re going to have consumer acceptance issues with spreading viruses on meat, that’s nothing compared to an even more novel technique to preserve meat the “Effect of Extracted Housefly Pupae Peptide Mixture on Chilled Pork Preservation.” Yes that’s what you think it means, you smear a maggot mixture on the meat.
 A low cost and simple method. Think about it. Maggots thrive on rotting meat, yet, there have been no reports that housefly larvae have any serious diseases, indicating that they have a strong immune system. They must be packed with some sort of antibacterial properties—otherwise they’d get infected and die themselves.
 So they took maggots who were 3 days old, washed them, dried them--toweled them off—put through them in a blender, filtered out the solids, and whallah.
 “The housefly can easily be produced on a large-scale with simple techniques at a low cost.” And the best part? “After the extraction of the housefly pupae peptide mixture, the maggot remains can be used as protein foodstuffs, thereby increasing our protein supply.--It’s a win win!
   

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

See also Viral Meat Spray. Maggots or no maggots, proper handling of fresh meat is critical; see Food Poisoning Bacteria Cross-Contamination. There also exist healthier sources of protein than maggots, and although insects are comparatively low in saturated fat, plant protein is preferable. Other videos that may bug you include Cheese Mites and Maggots, Are Artificial Colors Harmful?, and Nontoxic Head Lice Treatment. Plus, there are a thousand non-insects topics on health and nutrition. See the extensive list here.

Please be sure to check out my associated blog posts: Why is it Legal to Sell Unsafe Meat?Adding FDA-Approved Viruses to MeatWhat Is the Healthiest Meat?, and Why Is Selling Salmonella-Tainted Chicken Legal?

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    See also Viral Meat Spray. Maggots or no maggots, proper handling of fresh meat is critical; see Food Poisoning Bacteria Cross-Contamination. There also exist healthier sources of protein than maggots, and although insects are comparatively low in saturated fat, Plant Protein is Preferable. Other videos that may bug you include Cheese Mites and Maggots, Are Artificial Colors Harmful?, and Nontoxic Head Lice Treatment. Plus, there are a thousand non-insects topics on health and nutrition. See the extensive list here.

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      The win-win is. . .  just forget about the meat–Save the Animals, eat maggots!  In fact I’m surprised I haven’t seen any packages of maggots in the store recently, being it is so “cost-effective” and high in protein. 
      Why didn’t I think of that?  I guess I’ll just have to stick to my Spinach, Kale and Beans until maggots are readily available ;-}

      Nice thought.  NOT!!
      Protect, the earth, your community, your family, yourself and the Maggot’s –Go Plant-Based!

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      Ah!!! Back to the old Disqus!  Working well!  I can log in and out on any computer so easy again.  Thanks for the revert!

  • Stefan Juhl M.D.

    What kind of brain gets these ideas?

    The logic fails.

    Whats next?: Kill your pet and blend it, smear the pet-mixture on your lettuce, because your pet has never been sick from eating lettuce, so your pet has a strong immunesystem. Same logic…….

  • Strix

    I guess they reason maggots are like vultures.
    I know there are many cultures which entomophagy exists and is said to be the healthier and more nutritious of flesh-eating diets (and the “less cruel”); I, personally, get the willies at the thought. I’ve also been known to spend several minutes rescuing a worm being devoured by an army of red ants…I’m a kook, I guess.

    • HemoDynamic, M.D.

      You are not a kook! Unless you go by the Urban dictionary definition:
      1. someone posing very hard as a surfer or skateboarder.
      2. someone that goes to every surfing or skateboarding event to hangout, compile pictures, start conversations, and generally be seen with real surfers or skateboarders.
      Are you hangin’ out at the surfing events?
      No, you are just a caring individual who wants to alleviate the suffering of all things. Just like all the people and doctors who spend many hours TEACHING (that’s the root word of Doctor) trying to get patients and people to go plant based–it’s to alleviate their current and inevitable future suffering if they continue on an animal based diet.
      Keep up your great work!!
      Eat Plants!!

      • Strix

        Ha! Hey, surfers are people too…I think ? ;^)

  • Troy

    Dr Greger, I have been really relishing squirming at this latest ‘Fangoria’ series of videos!  Yargh!!

  • jake

    I am a patient who had his life saved from a drug resistant staph infection. I flew to tibillsi georgia and was treated at the institute there. Bacterial phages are an absolute miracle to the alternative health industry. The FDA has blocked them from ever being used here on humans because they work 100 fold better then antibiotics and they are all natural. Also they do not cause drug resistance. they have been using them in russia for over 100 years. they dont use antibiotics!

  • jn

    Whallah = voilà

  • Bruno Lacombe

    If it works, why not… We can be such babies.

  • Elley

    O WoW That is just sick and hilarious at the same time

  • Bootstrapgirl

    Maggots were used for wound care; they eat necrotic tissue, and so prevent infection.
    Does using maggot spray mean that if meat inspectors find maggots in meat, they disregard because it’s all good?