It’s been found that many UK shoppers might be consuming meat and animal products contaminated with faeces, salmonella and E.coli. This is according to a recent analysis of 323 governmental slaughterhouse audits, conducted by The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ).
The analysis showed that there were breaches in protocol at over a quarter of all abattoirs, with a total of 86 in breach of standards and protocol.
Findings relayed that carcasses touched the dirty floors of the facilities and being covered with contaminated water. Breaches such as these put consumers at risk of contracting illnesses such as food poisoning and bugs such as E.coli and salmonella.
Professor Hugh Pennington, a microbiologist told The Observer: “This is basic hygiene. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense. The main risk is E.coli O157, which my review looked into. The consequences can be catastrophic. People died.”
The Food Standards Agency said: “Hygiene failures are not tolerated by the FSA, and robust enforcement action is taken in a risk based and proportionate way. Ultimately, if standards are not improving or the risk to public health is high, this could mean taking away a premises approval.”
Go vegan and none of this becomes a worry.