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6 Horrifying Things About Pork Everyone Should Know

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June 5, 2013  |

 

You know things are bad in the pork industry when the whistleblowers aren’t animal rights activists, but the government itself. In May, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of the Inspector General exposed extreme sanitation and humane violations in 30 US swine slaughterhouses it visited and in records of 600 other US plants slaughtering pigs. [3]

„During FYs 2008 to 2011, FSIS [Food Safety and Inspection Service, the regulatory agency within USDA] issued 44,128 noncompliance records (NRs) to 616 plants; only 28 plants were suspended, even though some plants repeated violations as egregious as fecal matter on previously cleaned carcasses,“ says the Office of the Inspector General report. „In one plant, flies hovered over an area where blood was being collected to be sold for human consumption“ (for products like blood sausage and blood soup). Twenty-two of the 28 plants that were actually suspended were allow to „continue to operate within a short period–some as little as one day after suspension,“ says the report. There’s a deterrent for you.

This is not the first time the USDA Office of the Inspector General has sounded the safety alarm about the meat supply. A 2010 report warned that farmers were feeding drug-laced milk, banned for human consumption, to calves.  [4]“When the calves are slaughtered, the drug residue from the feed or milk remains in their meat, which is then sold to consumers.“ Two years earlier, an OIG report warned that USDA officials „believed the sanitizer spray was sufficient“ to kill the prions that spread Mad Cow disease. [5] Prions are not inactivated by cooking, heat, autoclaves, ammonia, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, phenol, lye, formaldehyde, or radiation!

The OIG swine report comes as US regulators consider the proposed acquisition of 87-year-old, Virginia-based Smithfield foods by Shuanghui International. If approved, the $4.7 billion deal would be the biggest takeover of any US firm, not just a food company, by a Chinese company [6]. Some worry Smithfield will suffer from China’s scandal-ridden food climate in which thousands of pig carcasses were recently seen in a river that supplies Shanghai’s drinking water and rat meat was billed as lamb.  [7](And don’t forget the US pet dogs killed from tainted Chinese dog food in 2007.) [8] But others say the US hog industry has managed to eliminate all wholesomeness, purity, ethics and animal welfare without China’s help.

Here are some of its worst features.

1. Diseased Animals

You don’t have to be a mathematician to conclude that if a plant slaughters 19,000 pigs a day, the line moves pretty fast. OIG officials write that „Inspectors are required to check ‚the head, tail, tongue, thymus gland, and all viscera of each animal slaughtered . . . [and to] observe and palpate the mesenteric lymph nodes‘ as well as ‚grasp, turn, and observe both sides of the kidneys‘ to find parasites, inflammation, swelling, or masses that might indicate disease.“

But some inspectors are sleeping on the job, says the report. Two inspectors who failed to palpate kidneys and lymph nodes said they were „distracted,“ a third had a „history of performance issues,“ according to the plant and a fourth was „new.“ Another risk is a new plan called HACCP Inspection Models Project that stresses microbiological tests on a sampling of carcasses rather than visual checks on all animals. (HACCP has been called a gift to industry from regulators.) „We question whether this is a better measure for food safety,“ says the report because it can’t catch „tuberculosis nodules embedded within the lymph nodes, parasites within the intestine, and inflamed or degenerated organs that are unusually sticky to the touch or excessively firm.“ Yum.

2. Filth

When it comes to filth,The Jungle, the turn-of-the-century muckraking novel about Chicago slaughterhouses that drove the first meat safety laws, is still the law of the land. One slaughter plant visited by OIG officials received repeat citations for violations  like „fecal contamination on a hog after the final trim,“ „grease  smears“ or „black colored liquid substance“ on processed meat; and 43 repeat violations for „pest control problems, such as cockroaches on the kill floor.“

At a different plant, an inspector „observed yellow fibrous fecal material on the left hind foot of one carcass“ which had „moved past the plant’s quality control employees without being detected.“ At still another plant, an inspector neglected to mark a tray of viscera „inedible“ that had been contaminated „when a plant employee cut through the rectum while removing the viscera for inspection.“ What are slaughterhouse conditions like when OIG inspectors are not present, the reports asks repeatedly, since their presence was well known to plant managers during their visits.

3. Environmental Blight

In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine ran an exposé about Smithfield hog operations with a photo of a mountain of dead, pink pigs, that many still remember. [9] The liquid in the infamous „holding ponds“ of manure on hog farms is not brown, wrote author Jeff Tietz– it is actually pink thanks to the „interactions between the bacteria and blood and afterbirths and stillborn piglets and urine and excrement and chemicals and drugs.“ To alleviate swelling lagoons, workers sometimes „spray the waste on surrounding fields, which results in what the industry daintily refers to as ‘overapplication.’ This can turn hundreds of acres–thousands of football fields–into shallow mud puddles of pig shit. Tree branches drip with pig shit,“ wrote Tietz.

In 2004, the Chicago Tribune’s Andrew Martin reported similar sanitation horrors at the HKY Farm in Bloomfield, Nebraska. [10] „Dozens of dead piglets are dumped in piles or encased in pools of manure beneath the floor, having drowned there after falling through a hole,“ he wrote. „Dead hogs remain in their cages, discarded and stiff in walkways or rotting in pens as other pigs gnaw at their carcasses.“

4. Drugs: Not On the Label, But In the Meat

Veterinary drugs given to animals on factory farms whether antibiotics, antiparasite and fungal drugs, vaccines, heavy metals and additives in feed (to impart color to meat) or growth promoters do not appear on labels.  But one drug used in 45 percent of US pigs since 1999 to promote leanness is especially worrisome. Unlike most veterinary drugs which have to be withdrawn before slaughter, ractopamine is begun in the days before slaughter and never withdrawn. [11]

Three years after ractopamine’s approval, the FDA accused its manufacturer Elanco, Eli Lilly’s animal subsidiary, of withholding information about „safety and effectiveness“ and „adverse animal drug experiences.“ Elanco, said the FDA in a 14-page warning letter, failed to report furious farmers phoning the company about „dying animals,“ „downer pigs,“ animals „down and shaking,“ „hyperactivity,“ and „vomiting after eating feed with Paylean [ractopamine].“

In 2009, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) termed ractopamine a cardiac stimulator capable of causing undue stress and health risks in animals. [12] The journal Talanta said there was, „potential hazard for human and animal health.“ And a report from Ottawa’s Bureau of Veterinary Drugs says that rats fed ractopamine developed a constellation of birth defects like cleft palate, protruding tongue, short limbs, missing digits, open eyelids, and enlarged heart.

5. Strange Scientific Phenomena

In the US hog industry, animals live under such unnatural conditions and are treated with so many drugs, scientific phenomenon are developing that actually baffle scientists. In 2007 and 2008, 24 workers at Quality Pork Producers (QPP) in Austin, Minnesota, Indiana Packers Corp. in Delphi, Indiana and Hormel Foods Corp. in Fremont, Nebraska came down with a mysterious autoimmune disease doctors dubbed Progressive Inflammatory Neuropathy or PIN [13]. All employees had jobs using compressed air to turn hog brains into a slurry for the overseas food markets and were exposed toaerosolized brains.  [13]PIN caused tingling and numbness of the limbs and progressive weakness sometimes leading to wheelchairs, hospitalization and paralysis. Some PIN patients stabilized or improved but others didn’t. One worker improved after a period of rehabilitation, reported a medical journal but „a few months after returning to work developed the polyradicular pattern experienced by other workers,“ and relapsed.

Meanwhile, in the last few years, a foam-like „gray bubbly substance“ has appeared on top of hog manure in factory size hog farms, reports Mother Jones  [14]and has caused at least six explosions and a fire that took many animals‘ lives. Scientists cannot explain the foam, which grows to a thickness of up to four feet and pulsates with apparent microbial activity. It sounds like something that would be grown in a test tube–except that the test tube is the size of a factory farm.

6. Cruel Slaughter

You can’t talk about slaughterhouses without talking about cruelty. The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act of 1958 was passed to prevent excessive cruelty to animals and requires that they be made insensitive to pain before being „shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast or cut.“ Whether or not an animal is properly stunned and insensible to pain is easy to determine, writes Temple Grandin, the animal expert in her„Animal Welfare and Humane Slaughter guidelines. [15]“ A properly stunned animal will not vocalize, kick, flop its head, exhibit rhythmic breathing or blink and if it does, it needs to be restunned, says Grandin. Of course whistleblower and newspapers reports often show that stunning is a detail lost in cut rate production.

And so does the May OIG report. „An inspector observed an attempt to stun a hog with a captive bolt gun,“ it reads. „It appeared to misfire and became lodged in the hog’s skull. The hog remained conscious and aware while the plant sent for another gun, which was about 2 minutes away.  The second gun also appeared to misfire causing the hog to squeal, but it remained conscious and aware.  The hog then managed to dislodge the first gun from its skull.  Ultimately, a portable electric stunner had to be used to successfully render the hog unconscious.“ The incident was one of several violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act described in the OIG report. The plant was not suspended.



 


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The Growing Specter of Chinese Meat Consumption


The Growing Specter of Chinese Meat Consumption

May 30, 2013 reablogged Dr. Steve Best

I have blogged often against fatuous “Vegan Victory” celebrations and parades to remind everyone that while meat consumption is temporarily down in the US, it is growing at staggering rates on a global level (see, for instance here and here). Particularly, I have tried to warn people that the world’s most populous and rapidly modernizing nations — such as China, India, and Indonesia — continue to expand their economies, develop Western-capitalist social-economic models, enlarge their populations, and dramatically increase their production and consumption of meat.

China continues to lead the way in posing grave ecological threats to the world and slaughter ever-more animals for consumption. I have emphasized the ambiguity of China, which is that as animal advocacy grows, so too does meat consumption.

In a major new and foreboding development, on May 29, meat producer Shuanghui International bought Virginia-based Smithfield Foods for nearly $5 billion dollars, in what many consider to be the largest Chinese acquisition of a US corporation in history.

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Smithfield Foods, founded in 1936, was a major meat producing corporation particularly of pork. The transaction was beneficial to both parties, for while pork consumption has declined in the US, it is steadily rising in China. The US slaughters 100 million hogs for food consumption annually, whereas China butchers 470 million hogs per year. Thus, in a classic case of demand stimulating supply, Smithfield Foods is now part of Shuanghui International. China — with a population of 1.3 billion compared to 300 million people living in the US — is the world’s leading producer and consumer of pork.

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As if US meat production methods were ever safe, or there is a thing os safe pork or healthy meat, some members of Congress are voicing hypocritical health concerns voiced. ”I have deep doubts, said  Representative Rose DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut, “about whether this merger best serves American consumers and urge federal regulators to put their concerns first.” But this is China, after all, and such “safety” concerns are not without merit: “Demand for U.S. meat in China has risen tenfold over the past decade, fueled in part by a series of embarrassing food safety scandals, from rat meat passed off as pork to thousands of pig carcasses floating on a river.Demand for U.S. meat in China has risen tenfold over the past decade, fueled in part by a series of embarrassing food safety scandals, from rat meat passed off as pork to thousands of pig carcasses floating on a river.”

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China produces nearly six times as much pork per person as the rest of the world

Apart from underscoring the oxymoron of “safe” or “healthy” meat of any kind, the more important issues are not sickened consumers foolish enough to consume animal “products,” but rather the ethical issue of a growing global animal holocaust and the catastrophic environmental impact of factory farming and the global rise of agribusiness and appetites for flesh, especially in the large, rapidly modernizing nations such as China.

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Chinese Pork Industry

Despite foreign ownership, USA Today notes:

“Shuanghui has 13 facilities that produce more than 2.7 million tons of meat per year. Under the agreement, there will be no closures at Smithfield’s facilities and locations, including its Smithfield, Va., headquarters in the historic southeastern Virginia town of about 8,100 where it was founded in 1936, the companies said.

Smithfield’s existing management team will remain in place, and Shuanghui also will honor the collective bargaining agreements with Smithfield workers. The company has about 46,000 employees.

“This transaction preserves the same old Smithfield, only with more opportunities and new markets and new frontiers,” Smithfield CEO Larry Pope said in a conference call. “This is not a strategy to import Chinese pork into the United States … this is exporting America to the world.”

Sadly, this statement is true, and when US carnivorous culture influences global markets and massively populated nations such as China, it is the perfect storm for ecological collapse.

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Comment:

  • Well said. As part of China’s “Harmonious Society” policy meat long term contracts for meat are entered into across a vertical supply chain in order to keep a growing middle class complacent. China looks on this as social policy not merely “food security” and completely disregards the Bioethical concerns of such meat production on the environment.The vertical integration involves land grabs in Africa, Brazil and Burma to clearcut rainforests in order to grow soybeans to feed the pigs which kill all the native animals and displace subsistence and traditional farmers from their homes, a national “frozen meat reserve” which the PRC uses to stabilize supply and thereby prices and supply to consumers and now Smithfield which can only exist with government subsidies. The PRC is deliberately excluded from “free trade agreements” such as the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TTP) and EU-US Agreement (TTIP) but is getting in via the backdoor by means of purchasing Smithfield and other industries which export commodities whose demand is increasing. The quote Steve cites from Larry Pope hints at this subversion of US policy. Sales to Korea will be huge. Not to sound xenophobic because Smithfield is a prime polluter and villain no matter who owns it, but because of preferential laws and subsidies in the US, as a result of this merger the US is basically paying the Chinese to make a profit on the increased killing of pigs. I once studied economics at a top ranked business school and I have never encountered a case study where a nation such as the US in this example worked so hard to pollute and impoverish itself by subsidizing its competitor and its domestic polluters. the  Smithfield and nearby slaughterhouses and CAFOs have essentially killed larger marine life in the Chesapeake Bay which is now a dead zone awash in red tides of algae and dinoflagellates. Although we all want an end to animal ag, we must also demand an end to meat subsidies and demand strict environmental laws and then we shall see if Smithfield can exist  when it has to pay the true costs of operating.

Dr. Steve Best

I have blogged often against fatuous „Vegan Victory“ celebrations and parades to remind everyone that while meat consumption is temporarily down in the US, it is growing at staggering rates on a global level (see, for instance here and here). Particularly, I have tried to warn people that the world’s most populous and rapidly modernizing nations — such as China, India, and Indonesia — continue to expand their economies, develop Western-capitalist social-economic models, enlarge their populations, and dramatically increase their production and consumption of meat.

China continues to lead the way in posing grave ecological threats to the world and slaughter ever-more animals for consumption. I have emphasized the ambiguity of China, which is that as animal advocacy grows, so too does meat consumption.

In a major new and foreboding development, on May 29, meat producer Shuanghui International bought Virginia-based Smithfield Foods for nearly $5 billion dollars, in what…

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