More than 90 percent of American store-brand chickens have a muscle disease known as “white striping,” according to findings released Monday by The Humane League.
White striping disease is a muscular myopathy that occurs when chickens are raised for rapid growth. The streaks appear on chickens when they are unable to keep up with unnaturally rapid muscle growth, which can also cause problems with blood and oxygen flow.
As a result, chickens replace the muscle tissue with fibrous tissue and fat, which subsequently reduces the nutritional value of the meat by increasing the fat content by 224 percent and reducing the protein level by 9 percent. The white stripe reportedly affects 50-96 percent of fast-growing chickens.
Between May 2021 and July 2021, The Humane League, a global animal protection non-profit, conducted an investigation into white-striped disease in chickens on supermarket shelves to see if they had similar symptoms to those reported in scientific journals. were levels.
The investigation (PDF) found cases of meat in major supermarkets in 29 states, including Walmart, Kroger, Costco, Albertsons, Ahold Delhaise, Publix, Target, HEB, Meijer, Aldi, Wakefern, Trader Joe’s, Hygiene, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Wegman’s analysed. And the giant eagle.
The researchers found that 99 percent of chicken inventory had clear white stripe disease, while 100 percent of packets in some supermarkets contained white stripe.
Their own-brand chicken breast fillets had a white streak in all 16 supermarkets analyzed, while 70 percent of the chicken packages had a moderate to severe white stripe.
The “worst offenders” were Walmart, BJ’s and Meijer, whose moderate to severe white streaks were present in 93 percent, 87 percent and 85 percent of chickens, respectively.
“The fact that 99 percent of all store-brand chicken sold in major supermarkets carries white stripe disease should sound alarm bells for consumers,” Humane League President David Koman-Hidi said in a release. “
“This disease is a visual reminder of the terrible suffering of these weeks-old animals and the control these factory farms have over our food supply. It is nearly impossible for Americans to find a substitute for this diseased meat.”
About 10 years ago, white stripes affected less than 5 percent of chickens, reports The Humane League, but that figure rose sharply to 96 percent within five years.
The group also cites data from the Sentence Institute, which estimates that 99 percent of all US farmed animals are currently living on factory farms.
The Humane League says that while a 2018 study found that 50 percent of shoppers said they would not buy white striped chicken, consumers are no longer given a choice but to buy factory-farm chicken from supermarket brands.
“Food companies must transition to slow-growth chicken breeds—to adopt a better chicken commitment—to improve consumer choice, human health and animal welfare,” the group wrote.
The findings were discounted by the National Chicken Council, with a spokesperson telling CBS MoneyWatch that “white stripe is not a disease,” and instead “a quality factor in chicken breast meat that causes muscle fat deposits during the development of the bird.” Being happens and develops.”
The spokesperson noted that only 3 to 6 percent of birds in commercial flocks have severe cases of white stripe, while most meats with severe cases of the disease are used in processed products and in the form of boneless, skinless breasts. is not sold.
“Therefore, when consumers buy meat at the store, the meat doesn’t have a white stripe,” he said.
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