Animal Rights

Big Misconception: Turkey isn't a Health Food

| by PETA

Do you know someone still suffering under the misconception that turkey is a health food? Only if fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and dehydration are your idea of healthy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service recalled nearly 55,000 pounds of Jennie-O All-Natural turkey burgers when the meat was found to be infected with salmonella hadar, which is resistant to antibiotics. So far, cases have been reported in 10 states, although the turkey was distributed nationwide.

A 2008 investigation reveals violence and cruelty at turkey factory farms in West Virginia. The footage was shot at "the world's leading poultry breeding company."

Besides the fact that turkey flesh is devoid of fiber and is loaded with even more fat and cholesterol than many cuts of beef, the USDA reports that one out of eight turkeys is infected with salmonella. The cramped, filthy conditions on factory farms enable bacteria to spread like wildlife, and the antibiotics routinely given to birds to keep them alive long enough to be slaughtered contribute to the development of drug-resistant "superbugs." 

The good news is that you can get the taste of turkey without the icky-ness by gobbling up TofurkyTofu TurkeyNative Food's Holiday Wellington, or Gardein's Veggie Turkey Breast.

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