Mankind's only alternative 26   JAN.   22  
Mankind's only alternative

The Fall of The eXile For all those wondering what the "Save The eXile Fundrasier" banner is all about, here it is as simply as it can be phrased: The eXile is shutting down.
June 11, 2008 in eXile Blog

War Nerd: War of the Babies in Taki's Magazine The War Nerd talks about babies, the greatest weapon of the 20th century.
May 28, 2008 in eXile Blog

Kids, Meet Your President A website for Russian kids to learn all about President Medvedev's passion for school, sports and family.
May 22, 2008 in eXile Blog

Cellphone Democracy Cam If this girl was exposed to Jeffersonian democracy...
May 20, 2008 in Face Control

More Classy B&W Dyev Photos Yet another hot Russian babe imitating the Catpower look...
May 20, 2008 in Face Control

Proof That Genetic Memory Is Real! Sure, the Ottomans shut down the Istanbul Slavic slave markets centuries ago...
May 15, 2008 in Face Control

Russia's Orthodox Church Youth Outreach Program The priest is going, "Father Sansei is very impressed with grasshopper Sasha’s...
May 15, 2008 in Face Control

More Classy B&W Club Photos w/Russian Dyevs We took the Pepsi Challenge here...
May 15, 2008 in Face Control

Blogs RSS feed

Moscow Babylon July 25, 2002
Chicken McShitlets
Would You Like Salmonella Sauce With That, Russia? By Mark Ames Browse author Email
Page 2 of 3
Nope. Here's proof. In a recent report by the USDA s Office of Inspector General, 210 inspectors (out of 327 responding) indicated that since HACCP began at their plant, there have been instances when they have not taken direct action against contamination (feces, vomit, metal shards, etc.) that they observed and would have taken action under the old system. Of those, 206 said this occurs daily or weekly.

Inspectors now derisively call the HACCP "Have A Cup of Coffee and Pray."

A USDA Inspector named Ronnie Sarratt was quoted in one report saying, "I've had birds that had yellow pus visibly coming out of their insides, and I was told to save the breast meat off them and even save the second joint of the wing. You might get those breasts today at a store in a package of breast fillets. And you might get the other in a pack of buffalo wings."

Previously, inspectors used to condemn all birds with air sacculitus, a disease that causes yellow fluids and mucus to break up into the lungs. In a 1989 article in Southern Exposure, USDA inspector Estes Philpott of Arkansas estimated that he was forced to approve 40 percent of air sac birds that would have been condemned 10 years ago, before Ronald Reagan began gutting the USDA inspector's budget.

Today, after Clinton's near-complete abandonment of federal inspectors, the situation is part gross-out comedy, part bio-terror.

This, say the Russians, is the problem with American chicken. It's smeared in shit and vomit and swarming with lethal pathogens. They want real federal regulators to regulate the chicken, not industry hacks.

"There are several problems with your poultry. The main one is that in the US you don't believe bacteria like salmonella to be a health hazard," said Sergei Kouznetsov, spokesman for the Agriculture Ministry's Press Service, in an interview with the eXile. "Our doctors have a different opinion. We consider this a major health hazard."

The problem with American chicken is that, based on an agreement signed in 1996 between the US and Russia, USDA inspectors are required to inspect the chicken meat. However, shortly after the agreement was signed, the Clinton Administration handed responsibility for inspecting the meat to the producers themselves.

"I've been to the US plants myself," said Kouznetsov, who lived in the United States for four years. "I've seen people with tags on saying USDA standing on the line where the chickens are gutted, but actually they are on the payroll of the companies. So you can imagine."

According to Kouznetsov, just in the past year, the incidence of salmonella-infected chicken shipped from the United States continued to increase.

"In recent years and recent months, there has been an increasing number of shipments tainted with [foodborne pathogens]," he said. "We warned the USDA but we got no response, and that's because the USDA has no control anymore. Only the ban we imposed this spring brought the Americans to the negotiating table to discuss how we can make the American chicken healthier."

Beyond the issue of fecal soup is the problem of antibiotics in chicken feed. While Americans are left to the mercy of the free market to decide if ingesting antibiotic-laced chicken meat is healthy or not, the Russians still rely on government medical experts. And they fear that humans, eating this meat, will render many antibiotics useless while at the same time helping to create Superbugs that are antibiotic resistant.

Russians aren't the only ones worried about antibiotics in chicken feed.

According to Linda Bren in the Food and Drug Administration's Consumer Magazine (January/ February 2001), there is new evidence that drugs used in poultry can cause antibiotic resistant diseases in those who consume chicken. Tyson uses fluoroquinone, an antibiotic used to keep chickens and turkeys from dying of E. coli infection. Fluoroquinone does kill E.coli, but another bacteria, campylobacter, may build a resistance to this drug. Campylobacter is linked to the most common diarrheal illness in the U.S., affecting over two million people each year.

SHARE:  Digg  My Web  Facebook  Reddit
Browse author
Email Mark Ames at
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo
Film Review: Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay :

Frey's Fall : Some Sad Lessons
Funeral For A Friend
Band Interview: Funeral For A Friend : Funeral For a Friend

You Say Terrorist, Washington says Shuttup :


Save The eXile: The War Nerd Calls Mayday
The future of The eXile is in your hands! We're holding a fundraiser to save the paper, and your soul. Tune in to Gary Brecher's urgent request for reinforcements and donate as much as you can. If you don't, we'll be overrun and wiped off the face of the earth, forever.

Scanning Moscow’s Traffic Cops
Automotive Section
We’re happy to introduce a new column in which we publish Moscow’s raw radio communications, courtesy of a Russian amateur radio enthusiast. This issue, eXile readers are given a peek into the secret conversations of Moscow’s traffic police, the notorious "GAIshniki."

Eleven Years of Threats: The eXile's Incredible Journey
Feature Story By The eXile
Good Night, and Bad Luck: In a nation terrorized by its own government, one newspaper dared to fart in its face. Get out your hankies, cuz we’re taking a look back at the impossible crises we overcame.

Your Letters
Russia's freedom-loving free market martyr Mikhail Khodorkovsky answers some of this week's letters, and he's got nothing but praise for President Medvedev.

Clubbing Adventures Through Time
Club Review By Dmitriy Babooshka
eXile club reviewer Babooshka takes a trip through time with the ghost of Moscow clubbing past, present and future, and true to form, gets laid in the process.

The Fortnight Spin
Bardak Calendar By Jared Lindquist
Jared comes out with yet another roundup of upcoming bardak sessions.

Your Letters
Richard Gere tackles this week's letters. Now reformed, he fights for gerbil rights all around the world.

13 Toxic Talents: Hollywood’s Worst Polluters
America By Eileen Jones
Everybody complains about celebrities, but nobody does anything about them. People, it’s time to stop fretting about whether we’re a celebrity-obsessed culture—we are, we have been, we’re going to be—and instead take practical steps to clean up the celebrity-obsessed culture we’ve got...


    MAIN    |    RUSSIA    |    WAR NERD     |    [SIC!]    |    BAR-DAK    |    THE VAULT    |    ABOUT US    |    RSS

© "the eXile". Tel.: +7 (495) 623-3565, fax: +7 (495) 623-5442