Test finds rat, human DNA in US hamburgers

Beef DNA found in vegetarian burgers

Test finds rat, human DNA in US hamburgers

World Bulletin / News Desk

A study of hamburgers has found samples of human and rat DNA, according to findings released Wednesday by a food safety research company.

California-based Clear Labs said it examined 258 samples of “ground meat, frozen patties, fast food burger products, and veggie burger products” from 79 brands and 22 retailers.

The examination at the molecular level found three samples of rat DNA and one sample of human DNA in the burgers.

“While unpleasant, the presence of human DNA or rat DNA is not likely to be harmful for human health,” the report said.

Human DNA may have been caused by hair but rat DNA might have been due to the contamination of rat feces in the products, according to the report.

Clear Labs found “wide discrepancies between observed nutritional data” such as calories, carbohydrates, fats and proteins and “the nutritional data reported on labels and menus.”

It also detected samples of meat in two supposedly vegetarian burgers and one black bean burger contained no black beans.

“We also found trace amounts of beef DNA in one vegetarian burger products,” according to the report. “We found pork DNA in one sample of beef patties and in one sample of ground beef.”

The introduction of pork and beef can pose significant challenges for those who have restrictive diets. 

“Pork and beef are particularly unwelcome substitutions in any food, considering the significant numbers of consumers who do not eat pork and beef for religious reasons,” the report said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Mayıs 2016, 08:52