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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Human Tissue Found In Burger Meat

In the light of the recent European meat findings, has the cannibal theme from the 1973 movie, Soylent Green, already manifested in our world and supermarkets and we just haven’t known it yet?

In the movie a global food shortage sees people surviving on government-issued rations of supposed plankton-rich food called Soylent. Which turns out to be a processed ‘food’ - made from the bodies of dead humans!
Well, here follows another clue…

And this time, it’s happening right here in South Africa. Of course, like all other travesties of justice against the people of this land, the recent deplorable findings of human tissue in burger meat have been severely downplayed.

For years I’ve been telling people that the meat in our fast food joints is not what people think it is. I’ve said it’s probably horse meat and god/goddess-alone-knows-what else!

Corroborating this in 2011, findings of the National Consumer Forum discovered all sorts of criminal acts at work when the Orion Cold Storage company scandal broke. Amongst them, allegations that this company was importing Australian kangaroo meat and re-labelling it as Halaal beef (leading to religiously-jeopardise both the huge Muslim and small Jewish communities here also) and importing Irish and Belgian pork, re-labelling them as Halaal sheep/veal.

Due to high level corruption and collusion in the area of both labelling fraud amongst the relevant government department/authorities and Muslim authorities that together should have been responsible for immediately shutting down or at least suspending that company’s activities, supermarket fridges continued to be supplied by the company who's activities remain 'protected'.
A few brave voices in the wilderness continued vain attempts to bring legal action against them.

But Orion Cold Storage is far from the only company doing this. There’s been a proliferation of water buffalo passed off as beef in retail outlets: camel meat, horse, goat and donkey meat found in meats not labelled as such; all being passed off as other more-acceptable meat cuts. And who knows how many years this has been happening for...how many years the human population have been eating such meats without their knowledge. Unlike in Europe, though, where corporates and government authorities are forced into accountability, authorities here protect and side with the criminal companies instead! The the process usually becomes one where the whistleblowing individual/association is villified publicly and warred against in the media or ignored enough until they shut up. Then everyone can happily return to their illegal commission-collecting and criminal activities relatively unscathed. Followed shortly thereafter by the public's loss of memory on the subject.

Most recently, the very popular South African kudu biltong (dried meat like jerky) has now been found in 92% of cases to contain kangaroo, giraffe and horse meat! This is a huge industry in South Africa.

It’s easy for manufacturers and suppliers to and in South Africa to get away with such practises. Despite our grand constitution, none of the human-rights and consumer protection bills are policed. And thus just a tiny percent of the label requirements of foodstuffs are adhered to. Ditto GMO crops. If I remember right, about 70% of all crops grown in South Africa are GMO'd. One of the world's highest. We’re truly a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of ‘guinea pig’ experimentation on the human race here.

South Africa has long been known by those in positions of power worldwide as one of the top places to hide out in (for international criminals, syndicates and celebrities alike); an excellent place for the financial abuse of consumers (why Barclays Bank returned here to obtain their ‘fair’ share of the spoils, amongst many other multinational corporations and organisations) and a welcome spot for the continued thriving of the global sex and drug trafficking rings.
Due to self-censored fear and total consumer apathy, all in all we offer up a most inviting land. As well as offering first world technology here coupled with international-level professionals, including scientists.

So, unless you’ve managed to reach that rarefied state called breatharianism where your body is sustained on air alone and no longer needs food of any kind, then this is relevant to you, too.

Personally, all this hasn’t affected me as I committed to a vegetarian diet (ovo lacto) many, many years ago. Or has it? After reading this, the likelihood of a human tissue or gene in my tomato is way closer than just a remote possibility.

In magic, madness and mystery



The horse meat fiasco in Europe has prodded scientists to look a bit deeper into what else we might be consuming. A team of South African scientists have just found traces of human tissue in meat meant for public consumption from 9 provinces.
A University of Stellenbosch scientist and his team conducted a microbial analysis that revealed traces of human elements, but said that slaughterhouse workers sometimes cut themselves . . . or other things . . . which could lead to the findings.

Despite the overall findings that consumers have absolutely no idea what they are eating – including human remnants – in 85% of the products, SA’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries deputy director-general downplayed it by asserting that we are not becoming unwitting cannibals.

We’d like to think that these food scandals are safe from us – overseas, it’s their problem. But, big problems are usually systemic and many of the developed nations are on the same platform. As with most food scandals, they go on for years unnoticed before the beans are spilled.

It doesn’t sound like anyone’s literally being run through the meat grinder just yet, but it’s a startling fact that we don’t know much about what our food comes into contact with. And we have scientists and regulatory agencies continually asserting how safe our food supply is.

Are you unsettled at the prospect of ingesting someone else’s particles and blood? Do you wonder what else will be found when the next scientific investigation is conducted in your country?

Perhaps we should be asking ourselves before each meal, “Hey, who’s in there? How’d they get in there? Anyone missing?”



From Times Live:

It has also been found that only 15% of meat being sold has been correctly labelled, which means 85% of the meat in the market is questionable. The findings were presented in parliament yesterday at a briefing on meat inspections.

University of Stellenbosch scientist Louw Hoffman said his team had conducted a microbial food analysis, a "snapshot" which sometimes picked up human DNA on meat samples. He said, however, this was not indicative of risk.

"If I walked into a factory, and the sample I randomly selected to test was a meat sample of which the person de-boning had just picked his nose and then touched the meat, I would get a totally different microbial reading," he said.

Hoffman said the products examined were mostly sausages and mince, and that 95 out of 139 products which were sampled were incorrectly labelled.

But Hoffman said though the meat was incorrectly labelled, there were no health risks to consumers.

Briefing parliament's portfolio committee on agriculture, forestry and fisheries, University of Western Cape forensic scientist Dr Eugenia D'Amato said nearly 43% of samples she had tested which were labelled as game, were, in fact, beef.

D'Amato said horse meat had also been used as a substitute for springbok in biltong, and pork was found in ostrich sausages.

There was also a smaller proportion of kangaroo in samples.

The health department's Mandisa Hlela said though the department's own sampling had found that only 15% of meat products had been correctly labelled, DNA testing was "quite expensive" and was mainly a municipal function.

The department paid about R30000 for 20 samples tested.

"However, we've gone through to the municipalities and the D-Day was the 24th [of March] and we've not received responses from all of them," said Hlela.

She said, however, that not all of the nine provinces had concluded the devolutions of health services, which included food inspection, to municipalities.

MPs have now called for increased policing of local and imported meat products to prevent this sort of mislabelling.

The ANC's Eugene Ngcobo said labelling had to be "fair and straight" so that consumers were informed when they bought either horse or donkey meat.

"We should know, and have a choice," said Ngcobo.

Hoffman said what was also worrying was that allergens were not listed, and that up to 20% of consumers risked allergic reactions to the plant allergens which were found in some of the meat products.

"In the labelling regulations it clearly states that allergens have to be mentioned and noted," said Hoffman.


Kangaroo sold as kudu biltong

Most of South Africa's biltong - dried strips of cured meat and a much loved snack - has little to do with the ingredients on the label, according to DNA test results published on Friday (1 March).
Game biltong which is popular with the health conscious, as it is considered lean and free-range, is the most mislabelled, according the study by scientists from the University of the Western Cape.

"The finding was that there is a major substitution of species in the market," said researcher Maria Eugenia D'Amato.

Of the 146 samples tested over 100 contained undeclared meat species. All the samples marked beef were correctly labelled, but for the most badly labelled case 92% of packets of kudu biltong contained different species such as horse, giraffe, pork, beef and even kangaroo.

Researchers were concerned that one sample labelled zebra, contained meat from a mountain zebra, a species threatened with extinction.

"Some of the substitutions are intentional because kangaroo does not occur in South Africa and it must have been imported," D'Amato told AFP.

Pork in ostrich meat

"Also finding pork in ostrich sausage, that is intentional, there is no way that is going to be a mistake," she said pointing out that such actions infringed on some people's religious beliefs such as Jewish and Muslims who do not eat pork

The study, published in the European scientific journal BioMed Central, was conducted between 2009 and last year.

It is the first study of its kind in South Africa and entirely unlinked to the horse meat scandal that has riveted Europe.

Game biltong is a huge business in South Africa where over 10,000 wildlife farms are listed.

The meat is seen as healthier than beef because it is leaner, contains low cholesterol and no hormones or antibiotics that get injected into domestic farm animals.

South Africa authorities said last week they had launched an "urgent" investigation into how unlabelled donkey, water buffalo and goat meat got into products sold in supermarkets, following findings of a separate study.

The government requested the probe after reports created "some alarm and panic" after irregular ingredients were revealed in a Stellenbosch University study.

In that study, up to 68% of 139 meat samples from shops and butcheries had irregular ingredients, with pork and chicken most often substituted for other meats.

Plant matter was also found in the minced meat, burger patties, sausages and deli and dried meat.

Europe has been battling its own food drama after horse-meat was found in so-called beef ready-made meals and burgers in several countries.

Source: AFP via I-Net Bridge