With the World Health Organisation announcing yesterday that the consumption of processed meats increases your chances of experiencing bowel cancer, yet another shocking revelation about sausages has arrived today: human DNA has been discovered in the foodstuff.
The findings come were published by Clear Food Labs, who tasted 375 samples of sausages and hot dogs from 74 different brands. They found that 14.4% of these samples were problematic in some way. The report said,
We encountered a surprising number of substitutions or unexpected ingredients. We found evidence of meats not found on labels, an absence of ingredients advertised on labels, and meat in some vegetarian products [...] Clear Food found human DNA in 2% of the samples. 2/3rds of the samples with human DNA were vegetarian products.
The presence of human DNA in these sausages was a product of poor hygiene on the part of those producing the food, meaning the genetic material comes from hair, skin, and saliva that manages to find its way into the mix.
Poor hygiene is also a factor in the accidental placement of meat in vegetarian products.
Another common problem that was uncovered was the presence of pork where no pork should be, potentially violating religious dietary restrictions.
While this is a shocking discovery, all the research was conducted in the US, so Irish consumers of sausages may not have to worry about these problems.