Lab Test Finds Rat And Human DNA In Burger Brands

Posted: May 11 2016, 7:04am CDT | by , Updated: May 11 2016, 1:37pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Lab Test Finds Rat and Human DNA in Burger Brands
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Vast number of burgers sold across the United States have hygiene issues and misleading ingredients.

Next time you buy a burger, make sure it has all the mentioned ingredients and not something you are not expecting. Recently, molecular analyses of more than 250 burger brands that are sold across the US has been conducted and it was found that majority of the burgers contain misleading ingredients.

The focus of the research was hamburgers. Hamburgers were sampled from 79 brands and 22 retailers and 13.6% of them had quality flaws ranging from unexpected ingredients to hygiene issues to missing ingredients. The analysis was done by same US-based testing lab Clear Labs that has ran a DNA analysis of hot dogs last year and came up with some disgusting surprises.

One of the major problems was the substitution where listed ingredients had been replaced with rather shocking ingredients. 23.6 percent of veggie burgers had the traces of beef DNA. 6.6 percent of samples contained beef, pork and chicken ingredients that were not supposed to there. 14 vegetarian products were lacking the mentioned ingredients even a so-called black bean burger did not have black bean altogether. 

The other big problem was hygiene. About 1.6 percent food had hygiene issues. This may be stomach-churning that one frozen product had human DNA while three were found to have rat DNA. This is an alarming sign and should not be acceptable for health authorities since eating contaminated food is dangerous and can lead to various diseases. 

Pathogens were detected in 4.3 percent of all products. Both vegetarian and meat products had germs. They can cause food poisoning and can prove deadly as well.

Most of fast food retailers were also hesitant to share correct nutritional information with their customers. 46% of the samples contained more calories than listed on labels or in menus.

“Considering that FDA labeling requirements make it mandatory for most fast food restaurants to publish nutritional information on fast food menus, these discrepancies are potentially worrisome for customers who make decisions about what to order based on calorie counts and other available nutritional information.” Clear Labs report says.

The report not only helps find loopholes in fast food industry but it can also serve as baseline for relevant authorities.

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