Could There Be Party Pills in Your Chicken?

Story at-a-glance

  • Consumer groups filed suit against Sanderson Farms after the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) scrutinized 69 locations and found 82 “unconfirmed residues”
  • FSIS inspections and testing discovered the recreational drug ketamine, a hallucinogenic anesthetic, as well as antibiotics, pesticides and growth hormones in Sanderson Farm products
  • Several consumer groups filed the complaint against the $2.8 billion company for touting its products as “100 percent natural,” asking Sanderson to admit it violated false advertising laws and to pay for a corrective ad campaign

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By Dr. Mercola

If you’ve never heard about ketamine, you’re not alone. Scores of people had never heard the word until Bloomberg broke the story June 22, 2017, revealing that ketamine had shown up in Sanderson Farms’ so-called “100 percent natural” chicken, arguably the most popular meat in America.

Some who’ve heard of ketamine may include veterinarians, psychiatrists and people in the club scene who like to walk on the edgy (read: sketchy) side, as ketamine is known for delivering hallucinogenic effects. Testing also revealed other, and some even worse substances, and consumer advocacy groups don’t intend to sit still for it. In fact, a new lawsuit has been initiated by consumer advocacy groups due to the company’s use of the word “natural” in its advertising. Bloomberg explains:

“The consumer groups contend that Sanderson Farms “doses its chickens” but don’t explain why. Ketamine might be used to sedate the animals during transport or before slaughter. The consumer groups want Sanderson to concede it violated false advertising laws and pay for a corrective ad campaign.”1

Some consumers may feel it’s not a big deal, what with all the other questionable ingredients in foods nowadays, but that’s where they’d be wrong. As Drug.com explains, ketamine (pronounced kee’-ta-meen) is an anesthesia that “works in the brain to inhibit painful sensations.”2 It’s prescribed by psychiatrists for depressed patients and by dentists as an anesthetic. A partial list of disturbing side effects include:

  • Drowsiness, light-headedness or headache for as long as 24 hours
  • Its effects are more pronounced and worse with alcohol or certain medications
  • Changes in behavior, mental state or mood, confusion and/or hallucinations, which “usually” go away within 24 hours
  • Use in pregnant or breast-feeding women, elderly patients or children under 16  is not advised as they may be more sensitive, which is considered unsafe
  • Nausea or vomiting, severe allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, swelling of your mouth, face, lips or tongue, frequent or painful urination, double vision, involuntary muscle movements and more

Is it too much to ask, when a company touts its food as natural, for consumers to expect it to be true? (Click to Article)

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