USDA Approves Cancerous Chicken Meat as “Fit For Human Consumption”

July 29, 2020 at 12:46 am

Meat processors are now allowed to “trim” cancerous lesions off chickens, rather than discard the whole bird

The United States Department of Agriculture has deemed chickens infected with the avian sarcoma leukosis virus “fit for human consumption.”

The retrovirus often causes cancer in chickens, with tumors typically forming on the liver, spleen, kidneys and other abdominal organs.

The virus, although it has mutated many times, has been around for over 100 years.

Until now, processors have been forced to throw away entire chickens found with the disease at a significant financial loss.

But last week, the USDA finally gave into pressure from the industry — the National Chicken Council — to treat suspected leukosis lesions as a “trimmable condition“ and not a condition that requires “whole bird condemnation.”

Simultaneously, the agency increased the speed at which chickens can be processed from 140 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute.

”That’s per MINUTE, in case you were sleeping during the last sentence,” former journalist and regenerative farmer Suzanne Nelson Karreman wrote on her Facebook page.

“Not that anyone could tell if a chicken had the liver tumor–causing viral infection at 140 bpm, let alone 175 bpm.”

It’s not clear whether it’s possible for the cancer-causing virus to enter humans by eating infected chicken meat, as it typically passes genetically from mother chicken to baby chicken, and sometimes orally by feces, but lab experiments have found inter-species transmission to mammals is possible.

“Meanwhile, in the heart of America, Illinois, my home state, annual farm income this year is expected to be (negative) -$25,000/family,” Karreman added.

“At least the chicken integrators are still making money, but given that John Tyson admitted on CNN a few months back that our food system ‘is breaking,’ maybe he’s even worried. Still think it doesn’t matter where you buy food?”