Food production is a huge industry, meeting our vital need to fill our mouths. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible for food producers to avoid 100% contamination. Although it is taboo in all cultures of the world, many foods contain traces of fecal matter. And not just exotic foods that cannot be said. We are talking about things that you probably eat every day. Keep reading because below you will find a list of foods in which you may be eating feces and you do not know it, so you take the corresponding measures.
9 ways you may be eating feces and you don't know it
The green leaves are often grown with synthetic fertilizers, rather than manure. However, even these crops can be invaded by various forms of fecal matter from nearby animals. According to research conducted by the Yuma Agricultural Center (YAC), cow fecal matter can increase the chance of contaminating crops with the E. coli bacteria. The investigation further indicated that dogs, rabbits, birds, and other animal feces did not present a high risk of contamination.
There have been a number of outbreaks related to E. coli on green leaves, such as spinach. The YAC study found that crops can become contaminated when fecal matter containing bacteria contaminates the irrigation system. The water used for the crops then spreads the contamination. The study also indicated that furrow irrigation was the safest practice to avoid contamination of crops, although it could still occur even then.
Many people have chosen to buy high-priced organic food convinced that it is healthier than other modern options. They buy and eat the food because, understandably, they don't want to put pesticides or other chemicals on their body. However, studies have shown that organic foods are at a higher risk for fecal contamination.
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2012 revealed that 5 percent of lettuce was at an increased risk of fecal contamination and 65 percent of organic pork was contaminated with E. coli. Another study by the University of Minnesota found that 9.7 percent of their organically grown product samples were contaminated with E. coli, while only 1.6 percent of their conventionally grown samples contained the bacteria.
Sweets and chocolates
Children and adults alike enjoy a tasty piece of caramel or delicious chocolate every now and then. Many are drawn to the smooth, flawless appearance of these foods and the pleasant texture and flavors when they consume them. What many do not know is that certain types of candies and chocolates contain ingredients that are produced from insect feces.
Cake icing or resinous icings are ingredients that are used to produce a smooth, shiny coating on certain types of candies and chocolates. These particular ingredients are produced by the shellac bug (female) and are derived from its feces. It tastes sweet, doesn't it?
Peanut or peanut butter can be a nutritious snack. Enjoyed with cookies or apple slices, it makes a great treat to feed to children and a great alternative to sugary snacks like cookies or ice cream. Peanut butter also contains some additional ingredients that you won't find listed on the food label - one of which is rodent feces.
As with other foods, the FDA considers that a certain amount (five percent) of rodent feces or other rodent dirt, such as hair, is allowed in peanut butter. As long as you get the crunchy peanut butter, you probably won't notice the difference.
There is nothing better than the aroma of a home cooked meal that has been carefully seasoned with a variety of carefully selected herbs and spices. These special ingredients add a delicious flavor to food and certain herbs and spices are also known to have health benefits. Oh, and of course some will contain feces.
The FDA allows a certain level of contamination in food products before taking action, including herbs and spices. According to the FDA website, “Animal contamination of these products generally results from gnawing or contamination by excreta. Usually, you will find whole rodent pellets, bird droppings, and other pieces of animal manure. Who knew that insect and animal droppings could add such flavor?
Americans consume a great deal of seafood from overseas. For example, the US received roughly eight percent of its shrimp from Vietnam, some of its seafood from Hong Kong, and some of its tilapia from Hong Kong. Even though the FDA inspects these shipments, it can only do random checks (about three percent of these imports).
A significant portion of the seafood imported into the United States from these countries has been raised on feces, including pig and geese feces, as it is cheaper to use than commercially sold fish food. Some claim that the fish do not actually consume the feces, but rather the algae that are produced from their use. Either way, the idea of consuming fish and / or floating in pig feces isn't exactly palatable.
Wheat is an ingredient used in an endless variety of food products. Bread, pizza dough, cakes, cookies, and a long list of other products contain wheat as one of their main ingredients. Those who cook at home often use wheat flour as an ingredient in much of their baking. It is an ingredient that is widely consumed by countless numbers of individuals. The fact that we eat so much doesn't matter: the FDA allows 9 milligrams or more of rodent droppings per kilogram of wheat. In other words, a small percentage of rodent feces is tolerable in wheat and is allowed to enter our food supply. Bread? someone?
Ground turkey is often purchased as a healthier and lighter alternative to ground meat. But it is no exception to the rule on this "must include some stool" list.
In a recent Consumer Reports study, 257 samples of ground turkey sold in the United States were tested. Of those samples, more than half were contaminated with bacteria from fecal matter. The study found that 69 percent of the samples contained enterococci and 60 percent contained E. coli. In most cases, the bacteria discovered in turkey meat can be destroyed by thorough cooking.
Refill soda machine
A small study conducted in Virginia's Roanoke Valley found that refill soda machines contained coliform bacteria, indicating fecal contamination. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has even banned bacteria from being present in drinking water because it can be a sign of contamination from feces.
Of the samples tested, 48 percent were contaminated with coliforms and 20 percent of the samples tested had a detectable number of coliforms that exceeded the EPA-allowed limit. The contamination is not supposed to come from the soda itself, but from the machines. It appears that contamination occurs inside the plastic tubing and then settles into the soda when customers go to fill their glasses. Is anyone thirsty?
High-sugar foods include cakes and candies, along with so-called “healthier” choices like muffins and frozen yogurt. Soda, flavored coffee drinks and sweet tea are among the most popular sugar-sweetened beverages.