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Will eating meat coming from chicken or cow that had cancer give me cancer?

By HERWriter Blogger July 1, 2014 - 10:14am
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Are chickens and cows checked for cancer before they are slaughtered?

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Hi Erin

Thanks for your question! 

No - cows or chickens are not checked for cancer. Some animals will show their illness and be deemed unhealthy for human consumption but if there are no symptoms, the animals will be slaughtered as usual. 

There have been instances of cancer-riddled cows being slaughtered and sent as meat all over the country (the Rancho Feeding Corp. case) and if the USDA don't catch these cases in time, it can happen again. 

Eating meat from cancerous or diseased animals won't give you cancer. However, food poisoning or even listeria could occur. 

Your best bet for meats, in my opinion, is to opt for grass fed and organic choices from smaller farms. It may cost more but the meat is a lot more healthy and apparently tastes better. Locally grown meat is also much safer - the sources can be easily tracked back. 

Erin, has this helped you?


July 3, 2014 - 9:07am
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