Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Burgers sold at fast-food chains and grocery stores across the US might not be what you think they are

 Kate Taylor

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A new report reveals that more than one in ten burger brands across the US contains pathogens, unexpected ingredients, and other contaminants — including rat DNA.

Food analytics platform Clear Labs identified problems with ingredient substitutions, hygiene, and contamination in 13.6% of the 258 burger products the company analyzed on a molecular level, in a report released on Tuesday. The company analyzed ground meat, frozen patties, fast-food burger products, and veggie burger products.

Some of the most jarring numbers: 4.3% of samples contained traces of pathogenic DNA, rat DNA was found in three products, and human DNA was discovered in one frozen vegetarian burger.

That’s right — when eating a burger, you may be consuming human or rat DNA.

Though this might sound unappetizing, you do not have to worry as much as it may seem.

Dr. Michael Doyle, a regents professor of food microbiology at the University of Georgia, says the results aren't as terrible as they first sound.

First, molecular testing can't differentiate between live and dead pathogens. Cooking burgers kills most pathogens, and once the cells are dead, they can't make you sick.

Secondly, human and rat DNA are actually a pretty common finds in foods. 

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