WTF? USDA says to label meat tenderized by machines, but NO to GMO labeling. In all honesty why should we think any better it took the USA until 1978 to ban Lead-based paints when the rest of world did it in 1922.
In the twisted world of food safety and the federal government’s seemingly-random concern for public health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a rule requiring mechanically tenderized meat be labeled as such and even include specific cooking instructions. Yes, the USDA is concerned that having your meat beaten by a machine could be hazardous to your health, but when it comes to GMO-labeling they seem to care very little. All while Europe and other nations around the world reject Monsanto’s GMOs due to health and environmental hazards.
According to SuperMarketNews.com, the danger in mechanically tenderized meat (beef in particular) is that the machines can transfer pathogens from the outside of the meat into the inside. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reportedly identified five outbreaks stemming from this practice since 2003.
All of this is very interesting considering the research that has shown genetically modified foods to trigger deadly tumors in lab rats, organ failure, and more.
The Consumers Union—a group who has also been deeply entrenched in getting the government to label GM foods—marks the tenderized-labeling rule as a victory. But, the real victory would come if the USDA took the same level of concern and applied it unilaterally to all foods. MORE