Do you remember what you ate for Super Bowl? Did you have chicken wings or rat wings? This article caught my attention because I am a big fan of chicken wings.
Well, apparently customs at the Port of San Francisco seized several
illegal containers originating from China that contained rat meat
being passed off for chicken wings.
The Super Bowl is a period where chicken wings are in high demand and
where restaurants and grocery stores often face a penury” explains FDA
inspector, Ronald Jones. “This is where the illegal market comes in.
Although there is nothing dangerous about consuming rat meat if it is
properly cooked, United States laws prohibit the import and sales of rat
meat as a comestible item,” he adds.
Looks like there is no way of knowing whether you are eating chicken
or rat meat. This is confusing to me because I never knew rats had
FDA spokesman Jenny Brookside admits there is no clear way for
consumers to see the difference.“Unfortunately, it is too late for the
produce that has already been sold on the market. It is up to consumers
to try to identify the quality and source of the meat that is packaged,
but there is no absolute way of determining for 100% if the meat in your
plate is chicken or rat” she admits with honesty. “If you find that
your chicken wings taste slightly different from usual, it is a good bet
that they might be counterfeit meat, but this can be easily hidden
through the use of different ingredients and spices,” she acknowledges
as a warning.
This was some interesting information I thought we the consumers
should know. According to a 2014 FDA study, an estimated 36 million
pounds of illegal counterfeit meat is sold in the United States each
year. With that being said, family, I will be making some well needed
nutritional changes this year. Pay attention to what you are putting in
your mouth and be safe.
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