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Hamburger report uncovers disturbing facts

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Burgers. The term doesn't just refer to beef patties, you can have a chicken burger, turkey burger, salmon burger, veggie burger, black bean burger, etc... But whichever one you prefer, you probably expect that what you think you're eating, is in fact, what you ARE eating. 

Well a new study by Clear Labs tested 258 carefully selected burger samples, from 79 brands and 22 retailers, "to provide a statistically significant snapshot of the burger industry that accurately identifies insights and trends about food safety and quality." Samples analyzed included ground meat, frozen patties, fast food burger products, and veggie burger products and the study uncovered some disturbing ingredients, the most disturbing probably being that 3 samples contained rat DNA and one sample contained human DNA (probably from hair, skin or nails). 

Now before you freak out, the study does note that "while unpleasant, the presence of human DNA or rat DNA is not likely to be harmful for human health." Oh... perfect! You feel so much better now don't you? 

Some of the other strange findings included the following: (of the 258 samples tested)

  • In vegetarian products, 2 cases of meat were found.
  • 1 black bean burger contained no black beans. 
  • 4.3% of products tested contained pathogenic DNA. (Pathogenic is a medical term used to describe viruses, bacteria, and other types of germs that can cause some kind of disease).

It's also important to point out that although ?issues with quality of some products were uncovered, overall findings found that the beef industry "benefited from stringent regulation and aggressive testing requirements."

When it came to the fast food products that were tested, on the plus side, low contamination rates were reported but there were big discrepancies between reported nutritional values on the menu and actual nutritional values of the fast food products tested. 

If these findings are making you rethink your food choices, perhaps we shouldn't really be surprised by the study. According to the FDA, “it is economically impractical to grow, harvest, or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects."

The study also notes that "no outside partners, companies, customers, or other entities had any influence on or contribution to the research and testing, and all sample information will remain anonymous."

Clear Labs "screen[ed]  for authenticity, major, medium, and minor substitution, contamination, gluten, toxigenic fungi and toxic plants, other allergens, and missing ingredients. [They] also examine products for nutrition content accuracy, such as calories, carbs, fat, and protein." 

In conclusion, "Clear Labs identified problems with substitution, hygienic issues, and pathogenic contamination in 13.6%of the 258 burger products analyzed for this report."

To read their full study and more on the methodology they used for the study, click here: https://www.clearlabs.com/reports/the-hamburger-report

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