Monday, October 26th, 2015 was a bad day for meat. First the World Health Organization released news of a study linking the consumption of processed meats to a higher risk of cancer. Then later in the day the information below hit the news again.
Daily Mail reported that tests on 345 samples from 75 brands of wieners and sausages found 2% of Human DNA — or deoxyribonucleic acid present in the combined tested totals. The test also found 10% of tested vegetarian wieners contained meat. You can read the rest of that story [HERE].
Let’s keep it 100 (as the young folks say) when it comes to much of what we eat today we are at the mercy of those people that are preparing or producing it.
I’m revisiting human DNA in commercially produced foods because I’ve always been cautious about edibles going in my mouth that are prepared in places by people that I can and cannot see.
I realize there are checks and balances [Health Departments, FDA] in place to ensure producers of human fuel and nutrition don’t outright kill us or serve us up something like dog or horse without our knowledge. However, these entities can’t protect us from a careless individual, an individual with bad hygiene practices, or bad supervision of the aforementioned individuals.
Over the years, I’ve been served uncooked chicken, strange smelling beef, and a few things that made me sicker than a dog that ate rancid deer. I’ve found a beer top in mashed potatoes, and a bug or two in and entree or two. And who hasn’t found that strand of hair in something we were about to send down to our stomach? I have on more than once ocassion.
There was a time when I was living in Maryland I found a takeout joint that was serving fried chicken pieces that were as big a whole chicken that could be bought at the grocery store. To me something is wrong with a chicken leg that’s as big as an NFL linebacker.
Those experiences and some of the news stories surrounding food mishaps caused me to take an anal position on food.
Consider the noted sources of the Human DNA that were found in recent test of 45 samples from 75 brands of wieners and sausages.
Could we have eaten Jimmy Hoffa? Reports from the finding suggest no presence of Hoffa. The genetic material that was found could have come from a hair, a fingernail, a dribble of spit or a drop of blood.
The next time you eat out. Watch your “sandwich technician” prepare your sandwich (if you have a visual of the prep area).
Don’t engage them in conversation.
Folks should not talk while preparing food – that’s how spit gets into food. And fingernails break and folks nick themselves on knives and prep utensils.
“But they wear those plastic gloves”
Yes, they do wear gloves. Those gloves are thinner than a cheap ass balloon and, for the most part, fool us into a false sense of security. They keep human hands from touching the product but sometimes those gloved hands touch other surfaces and pick up the same bacteria the naked hand already has. Those gloves get punctured, torn, and ripped. Think about that.
Now you all are going charge me with being an asshole with this next one.
I don’t think anybody preparing food should ever go into a restroom to take a dump while they’re working.
They should take care of that before they go to work or when they get home. If you all think that’s over the top let me tell you I worked for a company one time that had a policy that prohibited anyone with diharea, colds, and viruses from working.
When people start running into the toilet dealing with exits from the back end it opens the door to some of those germs present to make their way back into the product that person prepares.
Then there is this skin shedding that gives me the creeps every time I see someone with short sleeves preparing something I am going to eat.
According to recent research, humans shed their epidermis at the rate of 0.001 – 0.003 ounces of skin flakes every hour. That is roughly 0.024 – 0.072 ounces per day and 9-27oz/year, or 0.55 – 1.6 pounds per year. According to the WHO, 70 years was the average life expectancy at birth of the global population in 2012.
Hopefully, that skin is not falling into things we eat.
I rarely eat out and try to buy my meat and produce from local sources. This circumvents the food taking the trip to a processing facility and getting loaded up with preservatives and who knows what else. It’s not the most convient way to “grocery shop” but it’s a healthy way.
Hey y’all I’m not trying to scare the hell out of you or have you jumping through all kinds of hurdles to get a meal outside of your home.
The purpose of this post is to create awareness toward how what we eat may not be as sanitary as we think it is.