Nearly a year ago the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved LMP-102 a special type of viruses to be sprayed on ready-to-eat meat products. The viruses are called bacteriophages, because they kill bacteria. They are used to target Listeria monocytogenes bacterium, which causes a disease called Listeriosis.
Listeriosis is estimated to kill a mere 500 people in the US each year and cases have been decreasing rapidly over the last 20 years. While 500 might seem like a lot, it is half the number of people killed by tripping over their own couch or falling out of bed and less than those killed in plane crashes. If you are a meat eater you have about the same chances of dying from Listeriosis as drowning in a swimming pool. If you are not a meat eater then you have virtually no chance of contracting the disease.
The viruses are grown in vats of the Listeria bacteria and are known to absorb toxins from the bacteria. However, the corrupt FDA, long in the employ of the companies it is supposed to be protecting us from, claims that the level of toxins is low enough to not cause significant health problems.
The FDA of course has not examined how the human immune system will respond to the viruses invading the body. No human safety trials were conducted.
For the FDA to be approve a new food additive it supposed to determine that it is safe. The FDA’s definition of ‘safe’ is “a reasonable certainty in the minds of competent scientists that the substance is not harmful under the intended conditions of use.” Yet, the FDA repeatedly goes against the advice of its own scientists and approves additives which it knows to be dangerous. It approved the toxin aspartame even though it recognized that consuming it could cause a host of serious aillments and death. It gave blanket approval to genetically modified food even though its scientists warned that is was unsafe.
In the evaluation of LMP-102 the FDA relied primarily on data supplied by Intralytix, the manufacturer of the product. The approval is contigent upon specific production and application procedures which the FDA has little or no way to verify, even if it wanted to.
Spraying viruses on meat presents risks that have not been addressed and the risks may pose much greater potential hazard than Listeriosis – which can be easily prevented.
Some of the risks include:
Immune system response – if the human immune system recognizes the viruses as a potential threat it could tax the immune system and cause immune system disorders and allergic responses.
Contamination with toxins – breeding viruses is a very exacting business and cultures can be easily contaminated and produce toxins. The health of consumers is dependent upon the manufacturer’s diligence, technology and integrity. There is no oversight or safety mechanisms to ensure that Intralytix delivers a safe product or that it is applied in the manner required for safety.
Genetic contamination – many viruses have the ability to invade human cells and alter their DNA. The FDA determined that viruses used in the preparation it tested were not capable of compromising a human cell’s DNA, however, there is no guarantee that the next batch of LMP-102 contains the same viruses or that the viruses won’t mutate as viruses frequently do.
While it is possible that LMP-102 is entirely safe and will reduce cases of Listeriosis, there hasn’t been enough research done to ensure that it is safe and it shouldn’t be used on food until it is known to be safe.
Given the FDA’s blatant history of approving dangerous and toxic substances on behalf of its corporate masters, we can only expect the US food supply to become increasingly hazardous.
If you care about your health and want to feel good about your food choices you should avoid all meat and dairy products and try to consume locally grown organic produce and foods which are as natural and un-processed as possible.
There is no nutritional requirement for humans to eat animals products and a healthy vegan diet eliminates 95% of common disease. Eating lower on the food chain is also much better for the environment and an essential step to a sustainable future.
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