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Are you coming to a supermarket near you? American pork is six times more likely to contain salmonella than the British variety

  • E. coli is said to have been found in 90% of turkey products for US supermarkets
  • According to studies, US pork is up to six times more likely to have salmonella than UK pork
  • 13% of the pork samples tested for Salmonella in US meat were positive for bacteria
  • E. coli has also been found by experts in 80% chicken, 70% beef, and 60% pork
  • The preliminary results of the US study will air on Channel 4 Dispatches at 8 p.m. tonight

According to a study, American pork contains up to six times more salmonella than British pork.

Around 13 percent of the pork samples tested for salmonella in US retail meats were positive for the bacteria that can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

E. coli, another potentially harmful bacterium, has also been found in 60 percent pork, 70 percent beef, 80 percent chicken, and 90 percent turkey products for American stores and supermarkets.

Channel 4 host Morland Sanders in a promotional photo for today's documentary "Dispatches," "Dirty Secrets Of American Food: Going to a Local Supermarket?"

The study is being conducted by Professor Lance Price in his laboratory at George Washington University.

He is in the middle of a five year report on bacterial contamination of American retail meat.

The preliminary results will air on a Channel 4 Dispatches program tonight.

Professor Price said, “I find it a little worrying because E. coli is an indicator of fecal contamination, so most of the meat is contaminated with feces and the feces in it contain these dangerous pathogens.

The preliminary results of a five-year bacterial contamination report on US retail meats will air tonight on Morland Sanders' Channel 4 programming

The preliminary results of a five-year bacterial contamination report on US retail meats will air tonight on Morland Sanders' Channel 4 programming

“I would say it's an unacceptable rate since it is controllable, but the industry has been very successful in fighting all kinds of regulations there.

“With Salmonella, Campylobacter, you will get diarrhea, be sick for a few days, and get over it, but if you have a weakened immune system, it can cause serious invasive infections; that is, they can get into your blood and kill you. & # 39;

The study also examines the potential health effects of six growth hormones used by U.S. beef producers to help cattle grow taller and faster.

All six have been banned in European Union countries for more than 30 years.

Pigs stand in a stall on an Iowa farm on May 27th. According to the study, US pork contains up to six times more salmonella than British pork

Pigs stand in a stall on an Iowa farm on May 27th. According to the study, US pork contains up to six times more salmonella than British pork

In particular, 17-beta-estradiol has been classified by European regulators as having an increased risk of cancer in certain population subgroups.

The rules for American producers are far less strict than in the UK, Professor Price told the program.

He also said that European regulators are scrutinizing much more closely how farming practices might affect consumer health.

UK farmers fear quantities of such products could appear on UK supermarket shelves if standards are lowered to form a post-Brexit trade deal with countries like America.

Dispatches – Dirty Secrets Of American Food: Popping In To A Local Supermarket? is on channel 4 at 8 p.m. tonight

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