FDA approves Viruses as Food Additive

2500 people get Listeriosis each year in America; 500 die. Listeria is a type of bacteria that is common in nature and can contaminate food easily. Measures to prevent it include washing vegetables and using clean knives and cutting boards, but we know that doesn't always happen so the world needs a high-tech solution, right? Consequently for the first time the Food and Drug Administration has approved the spraying of hot dogs, sausages and luncheon meats such as sliced ham and turkey, with a cocktail of viruses. According to CNN: "Consumers won't be aware that meat and poultry products have been treated with the spray....The viruses are grown in a preparation of the very bacteria they kill, and then purified. The FDA had concerns that the virus preparation potentially could contain toxic residues associated with the bacteria. However, testing did not reveal the presence of such residues, which in small quantities likely wouldn't cause health problems anyway, the FDA said." The bacteriophage (bacteria eating) viruses theoretically do not attack human or plant cells so we are supposed to be safe; We would prefer that our lunch was prepared properly rather than sprayed with viruses. What are they thinking? ::CNN

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