'Hamburger Report' finds rat DNA, missing ingredients in many vegetarian patties
With weather warming up, it's might feel like time to light the charcoal and slap a few burgers on the grill.
But "The Hamburger Report" may make you think twice.
The independent California firm Clear Labs recently analyzed ground meat, frozen patties, fast food burger products, and veggie burger products, checking quality, ingredients, and accuracy of labelling. Of 258 products sampled from 79 brands and 22 retailers:
- 2 cases of meat found in vegetarian products
- 1 black bean burger contained no black beans
- 4.3 percent of the products contained pathogenic DNA
- 3 cases of rat DNA
- 1 case of human DNA
The report also analyzed the accuracy of the nutrition labels. Vegetarian products did not fare well – 23.6% of vegetarian products showed some form of discrepancy between product and label, compared to the 13.6% of all samples. All 14 samples missing ingredients listed on their labels were vegetarian products. 15.7% of vegetarian products tested had at least 1 missing ingredient.
For more on the Hamburger Report, go to https://www.clearlabs.com/reports/the-hamburger-report.