The anti-meat group wrote the USDA and U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, an Albany Democrat and co-chair of the Congressional Chicken Caucus, demanding a push for stronger regulation of feces in chicken. Meat inspectors now look for only “visible” feces on chicken carcasses as they move down the line, but PCRM conducted a study last year in which it bought 120 chicken products from grocery stores in nine states and nearly half of them tested positive for traces of E. coli bacteria – which typically comes from feces.
“The USDA’s current policy deems any product without visible feces ‘wholesome,’ misleading consumers who expect a wholesome product to be free of animal feces,” Mark Kennedy, PCRM’s director of legal affairs, wrote Bishop. “To protect consumers from exposure to feces, USDA must regulate feces as an adulterant and place labels on chicken products alerting consumers to fecal contamination.”
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