Lab tests find human, rat DNA in burgers

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

TAMPA, FL. (WFLA) — A recent analysis of burger products found a few offensive extras like rat DNA and human DNA.

Clear Labs released the results of its most recent test that analyzed 258 samples of ground meat, frozen patties, fast-food burger products and veggie burger products from 79 brands and 22 retailers.

Clear Labs uses high-tech testing to screen food to see if the food actually contains what is listed on its packaging. The food tests screen for substituted ingredients, contamination, gluten, toxic fungi and plants, other allergens and missing ingredients. The company also examines food to see if it contains the same amount of nutrients that is listed on its packaging.

The results of Clear Labs “Hamburger Report” netted some disturbing results for carnivores and vegetarians. Of the 258 samples-

  • In 2 cases, meat was found in vegetarian products.
  • There were no black beans in one black bean burger that was tested.
  • The lab found 3 cases of rat DNA (unpleasant, but not considered harmful)
  • The lab found 1 case of human DNA (unpleasant, but not considered harmful)

Clear Labs said in its report that vegetarian products did not fare well with 23.6 percent of the products tested showing some form of discrepancy between the label and actual product.

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