Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Viral Meat Spray: Six Viruses On Your Plate For Dinner!

Did you know that your meats may be sprayed with a cocktail of six (6) viruses? I certainly did not know this information. Definitely remember this article the next time you sit down to eat a cold-cut sandwich.

In August [2006], the FDA approved the spraying of some foods with viruses in an effort to stop certain bacteria.

The spray isn't intended to battle E.coli but to destroy the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is a reasonably nasty bacteria found in soil, water and the intestines of food-producing animals. Animals who carry listeria can spread it to meat, dairy products or to other products that roll around a processing plant en route to your plate...

The FDA has now approved a virus-cocktail spray that might prevent listeriosis. The spray, called LMP 102, is a mixture of six different special viruses called bacteriophages -- viruses that infect only bacteria, not people, animals or plants.

Source: ABC News

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