I was clicking through some headlines today and saw one by a favorite blogger of mine, Putting Down Roots. In the post, she mentions that poultry in the USA must be dipped in bleach before it is sold in supermarkets.
Surely I read that wrong. Bleach?!
I did a little research and, sadly, it’s true. I’m not talking about nasty, processed “Pink Slime.” I’m talking about that lovely “healthy” boneless skinless chicken breast you just bought at Kroger. It’s been dipped in bleach. The stuff that will kill you if you drink it.
This is not necessarily the choice of the farmers or the meat packers or the markets. The federal government requires it. There are many other ways to keep poultry free from bacteria including NOT mass producing or soaking in electrolyzed water. We don’t use those methods. We bathe our meat in chlorine. Only farmers selling to individuals, not markets, are exempt from this particularly disgusting regulation.
It turns out there are warnings all over the internet in which European and Asian citizens are telling each other to be wary of poultry from America as it’s been “contaminated” by bleach.
I’m officially convinced. I’ll be finding a local farmer to buy my poultry from from now on. I will be able to see where the animals lived and I will know how fresh the meat is and I can be fairly sure that it hasn’t been soaked in the same stuff that burns through the fibers in my clothes if I use it too often. If I was allowed by city ordinance I’d buy some chickens and just raise them myself!
Buying local makes more sense every single day!