Doctor's Note

I’ve talked about this travesty before, in my blog post Why is it Legal to Sell Unsafe Meat? My video Unsafe at Any Feed explores the meat industry’s blame-the-victim attitude. Food Poisoning Bacteria Cross-Contamination explains why raw meat can be dangerous, no matter how long you cook it. And, Fecal Bacteria Survey features an industry trade journal explaining the difference between the attitude in Europe and the United States.

Don’t worry, though—the meat industry is on it! See my videos Viral Meat Spray and Maggot Meat Spray (if you dare! :)

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has petitioned the USDA to bar the sale of Salmonella-contaminated meat—but, so far, to no avail.

For further context, read my associated blog post: Why Is Selling Salmonella-Tainted Chicken Legal?

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  • Thea

    I love your analogies. It really helps to put the information into perspective.

  • Bruno Lacombe

    Fascinating! Thank you.

  • Janice N

    The problem of bacterial contamination can largely be solved simply by not eating meat, poultry, eggs or other animal products. In other words, go vegan!

    • Charlotte

      While eliminating meat does lead to a general reduction in probability of infection from bacterial sources, there’s no way I would call it ‘solved!’ You can still get all manner of illnesses from vegetables, E. coli being the most prominent in the states. Bacterial contamination is still possible in a vegan diet, don’t use it as an excuse to skip food safety preparation steps! :)

      • AllVegan

        While what you say is true there have been bacterial outbreaks in vegetables. The outbreak on spinach in California a few years ago being the most famous. It is the result of disreputable farmers putting raw manure on their fields, not with any problem with the vegetables as vegetables do not have rectums. Beyond that I agree with you that everyone, Vegan or not should practice proper food safety. However I must say that it is much easier to practice safe food preparation if you are not flopping hunks of dead animal carcass covered with fecal contamination on your kitchen counter every day.

  • yoshi10usa

    I am so impressed with your work and research. Please continue and save our humanity. Very very appreciated.
    ~ Yoshi

  • Dianne La. Rivière.

    The only way to be healthy and happy at any age is to go Vegan.
    Thank you Dr Gregar.
    I heard your talk two years ag.
    I became 100 percent Vegan the very next day.
    I live in Cyprus where the BBQ is everybody’s way of life.
    Thank you again for all the information.

  • What? The government not looking out for the people? Say it isn’t so!

  • Leah

    Wow. Wow.. Wow!! Your passion for exposing the truth is evident in your wry sense of humor which makes this bunch of baloney from the meat industry tolerable to stomach. Pardon the pun!

  • Plantstrongdoc

    Another nail in the coffin for meat. Do you wanna die quickly – eat meat. Do you wanna die slowly – eat meat. Do you wanna kill the planet – eat meat. Ironically people shift from beef to poultry to be more healthy. PCRM suggested to label poultry with a warning label: “May contain feces”. Vegan rules.

  • Kenny Nero, Jr.

    Welps, next time someone says chicken is the shit, I’ll nod my head in agreement.

  • Ashley Stewart

    I just want to point out that the problem is in the conventionally raised factory farmed chickens. If you buy pastured, small scale farmed chickens, not only are they nutritionally healthier, they don’t run the same risks.Same goes for organic grass fed beef.

    • b00mer

      This reply is made again and again in response to any negative claim regarding meat consumption. Could you please share your sources for this claim? As I have never seen any research comparing the two.

      If you have no sources, you should preface your statements with some indication that this is only your personal opinion, as people who frequent this site do so because they are interested in what peer-reviewed research has to say, not personal opinions.

    • footestomper

      December 2013 – Consumer Reports Release:

      “Every one of the four major brands we tested . . . contained worrisome amounts of bacteria, even the chicken breasts labeled “no antibiotics” or “organic.” ”
      I think I’ll stick with the plan to avoid chicken altogether!

  • Izzan

    What a fucking annoying voice – I will go and eat all chicken around me now.

    • Thea

      I flagged this comment as inappropriate and hope that it will be removed. This site is for civil discourse only.

  • bellybuttonblue

    Hi Dr. Greger, greetings from The Netherlands. There’s a lot of media attention about ESBL here right now. ESBL (Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase) was found in almost all chickenmeat in the supermarket and in about 40% of the beef. This bacteria makes you resistent to antibiotics. The dutch authorities say it’s okay to eat the meat, as long as you make sure it’s cooked thoroughly. I’d like to know what you have to say about this.

  • Ellie D

    “What a concept” has become my favorite phrase!

  • Thomas Feiller

    I’m a vegan. But I have to be objective here. Salmonella-produce ranked 8th. Yes. Washing helps. Never the less……..
    if we go on the attack we have to be honest about the fact that all of the food chain is contaminated. We all need to look into doing our own farming as much as possible. Comments?