Mystery Meat Research Paper

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Mystery Meat I am researching the conditions of meat packing plants to explore the constant high rate of food-borne illnesses. Also, how the treatment of the animals at the slaughterhouses contribute to food-borne illnesses. Throughout my research I have discovered many disturbing and horrifying truths about the treatment of the animals at slaughterhouses. The high demand of meat annually in the United States is astounding, mainly demanded by fast food corporations. In the United States one million animals are slaughtered every hour and around ten billion farm animals will be raised and slaughtered annually. Due to the high demand of meat, almost every animal used in food production has suffered inhumane treatment from overcrowding, confinement,…show more content…
Of that 76 million cases reported are usually mild and only last one to two days. The more severe cases reported which results in death are mainly the very old, very young, people who already have an illness which there immune system is weak or healthy people who ate a high dose of contaminated food. A food-borne disease is defined as food or beverage contaminated by microbes organisms, pathogens, or poisonous chemicals. There are over 250 different food-borne diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, or pathogens and may require treatment depending on the symptoms. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and dehydration. Food-borne diseases are constantly changing due to microorganisms evolving to adapt to its environment, food production practice changing, and newly microbes are being discovered that were unrecognized before. The most common food-borne diseases that occur in fast food production are Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E. coli 0157:H7, which occur when meat is eaten that is not fully cooked or is contaminated by the viruses. A food-borne disease known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, also known as Mad Cow Disease is the most common virus caused by ranchers. The human form of the disease is known as new variant Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease. Howard Lyman, a former cattle rancher describes it as “Cattle ranchers turned cows into cannibals. . . Until August 1997, cattle were routinely fed the remains of other cows ( )”. The dangerous practice of adding the remains of other cows to feedlots allowed the dangerous virus to enter the food chain and the practice now is banned by the Food and Drug Administration. When the virus has entered the body of cows there is an incubation period of

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