Mmmm, makes your stomach growl, right? Fecal soup is exactly what it sounds like, and it’s getting the rest of the world in a three-way row with U.S. chicken producers and the USDA. It’s The Jungle all over again at eXile, which is running a super-gross story on the condition of the U.S. poultry industry, and why the rest of the world’s won’t eat what like to deep fry and slather in honey-mustard.
In August of last year, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a non-profit organization comprised of 5,000 physicians and more than 100,000 supporting members, filed a petition with the US Department of Agriculture to warn the public about the health hazards posed by American-raised poultry, and to urge the government take measures to clean it up.
Specifically, they called on the USDA to declare feces, which is prevalent in US chicken meat, to be declared an adulterant and therefore unfit for sale. They also asked the USDA to have a biohazard label attached to chicken meat warning consumers that the chicken is likely contaminated with feces and therefore foodborne pathogens such as salmonella, E. Coli and others…
Part of the problem is the hellish overcrowded conditions that the birds live in, where they wade in each other’s feces and vomit.
Then there’s mechanization. Machines, which can kill 70 birds per minute (three times more than just 10 years ago), are supposed to remove the intestines but more often than not wind up ripping the birds insides, spilling shit on the body cavity and equipment. “Fingers” on the machines which are designed to rip off the feathers, also pass feces, vomit and blood from chicken to chicken.
Then there is “fecal soup.” Thousands of dirty chickens are bathed together in a chill tank, creating a mixture known as fecal soup that spreads contamination from bird to bird. Consumers pay for this fecal soup when they buy chicken, since up to 15% of US poultry weight consists of fecal soup.
All of this has our friends over seas a bit queasy when it comes to importing our poultry to feed their masses. Get the rest of the article over at eXile. (Warning: contains some strong language having to do with poo.)