The USDA’s List of “Safe and Suitable” Ingredients for Meat

The first thing you should be asking yourself, after reading the title of this post, is: “Ingredients in meat??”

It sounds bizarre, but then again, it’s so normal. Well, normal if you eat processed food. Any number of chemicals–from anticoagulants to antimicrobials to coloring agents to flavoring agents–can be used in the production of meat and poultry products, according to the USDA.

Here’s a snapshot of just a few of the ingredients listed in the 40-page PDF. You can go to the USDA site to access it. It’s amazing. Just another reason to buy local and grassfed meat.


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