What I’ve come to realise on my Vegan journey is there is very little mentioned about what chemicals are actually used in the manufacturing of meats.
I am intentionally using the word ‘manufacturing’ because all meats are essentially a wholesale product which means that we as consumers are only valued as profit!
It’s not only meats but many other products too which essentially does harm to our bodies, take cigarettes and google the chemicals within it. From Arsenic to rat poison, plus 500 other cancer-causing agents.
I did some research into what chemicals, not listed on the label, are found in the meats entering our food chain from supermarkets…happy reading! (Knowledge is Power).
Honey – close to 4,300 samples were taken from over 200,000 tonnes of honey produced in 2014. There were 30 non-compliant samples (0.7%), of which 15 for heavy metals (lead, cadmium, copper), and 13 were for antibacterials.
Aquaculture – the EU produced close to 610,000 tonnes of farmed fish and seafood in 2014. Of the over 7,200 samples taken, 34 (0.47%) were non-compliant. Most of these (27 samples) contained non-compliant levels of dyes, particularly malachite green and crystal violet varieties. In aquaculture, these dyes are sometimes used as fungicides.
Milk – in 2014, almost 148 million tonnes of milk were produced in the EU and over 29,500 samples were taken, with 35 (0.12%) being found non-compliant. The majority of non-compliant samples were reported for antibacterials (20), mycotoxins (six) and anthelmintics (four).
Eggs – the EU produced some 6.3 million tonnes of eggs in 2014. Of the 13,400 samples taken 29 (0.22%) were found to be non-compliant, of which 18 were for anticoccidials, five for dioxins and PCBs, and four for antibacterials.
Poultry – some 13 million tonnes of poultry were produced in 2014. The number of samples taken reached almost 72,500, and 69 samples (0.10%) were non-compliant. Antibacterials accounted for 29 (mainly doxycycline), 18 were for anticoccidials and 9 for mycotoxins.
Bovines – just under 0.5% of more than 25 million cattle produced in the EU for food (including meat and dairy) were tested in 2014 (this is a high rate compared with other animals). Some 531, or 0.42%, of over 125,500 samples tested were non-compliant. Heavy metals accounted for 210 non-compliant samples in bovines (the majority of which were for copper), followed by resorcylic acid lactones with 71, and mycotoxins with 70 noncompliant samples. The antithyroid agent thiouracil accounted for 48 samples.
Pigs – huge numbers of pigs are produced in the EU annually (over 244 million in 2014) and 0.06% of them were tested for residues. Of the 135,000 samples taken from pigs, 378 were non-compliant (0.28%). Heavy metals accounted for 210 of them, the majority of which were for copper. For antibacterials, a total of 74 noncompliant samples were reported, and there were 52 samples with non-compliant levels of mycotoxins.
Sheep and goats – more than 36 million sheep and goats were produced in 2014 with 0.07% animals being tested and over 26,000 samples taken. There were 85 non-compliant samples, or 0.32% of the total, mainly reported against heavy metals (32 samples, mainly copper) and antibacterials (28 samples, mainly sulfadiazine). There were also 10 non-compliant samples for anthelmintics, which are commonly used to fight worms.
Source: Chemicals in Food Report 2016: https://www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/corporate_publications/files/161215chemicalsinfoodreport.pdf