Report finds 69% of pork contaminated with bacteria
November 28th, 2012
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An analysis in the January 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine revealed 69% of pork chops and ground pork that the organization sampled from around the U.S. tested positive for Yersinia enterocolitica, a bacteria that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can result in fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Consumer Reports also found 3-7% of the samples harbored salmonella, staphylococcus aureus or listeria monocytogenes, other common pathogens for foodborne illness. Twenty-three percent of the samples contained none of the tested bacteria.

Of the 198 samples, the organization found other alleged complications with the "other white meat." The sampling also claims that some of the bacteria were resistant to typical antibiotics that are used to treat foodborne illnesses, such as amoxicillin, penicillin, tetracycline and streptomycin. Of the 132 samples with Yersinia enterocolitica, 121 of those were resistant to one or more antibiotics.

"The frequent use of low-dose antibiotics in pork farming may be accelerating the growth of drug-resistant 'superbugs' that threaten human health," said Consumer Reports.

The National Pork Board responded to the report in National Hog Farmer magazine. "We believe Consumer Reports has not accurately portrayed the safety and quality of pork products," said chief executive officer Chris Novak.

"Farms are a natural environment where bacteria are present, so farmers have invested millions of dollars in research to understand how antibiotics and other tools can help us produce a healthier, safer, product for consumers," added Steve Larsen, director of pork safety.

In a separate Consumer Reports sampling, one-fifth of 240 pork products contained traces of ractopamine, a controversial veterinary drug that promotes both growth and leanness in farm animals. Ractopamine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1999 for hogs, but it is banned in approximately 160 other countries - including China and the European Union.

Tested pork brands in the Consumer Report analysis include:

  • Angelo Caputo’s
  • Bashas’
  • Bristol Farms
  • Butera
  • Denmark
  • Dominick’s
  • Edmar
  • El Toreo Market
  • Farmer John
  • Farmer John California Natural
  • Farmland
  • Food 4 Less
  • Fred Meyer
  • Fresh & Easy
  • The Fresh Market
  • Giant
  • Hempler’s
  • Hormel
  • Hormel Natural Choice
  • Meijer
  • Nature’s Promise
  • Nature’s Rancher
  • Northwest Finest
  • PCC Natural Markets
  • Publix
  • Ralphs
  • Roseland
  • Safeway
  • Save-a-Lot
  • Smithfield
  • Sprouts Farmers Market and Farmers Market Old Tym
  • Swift Premium
  • Tender Choice
  • Ultra Foods
  • Viet Wah
  • Vons
  • Walmart
  • Wegmans
  • Weis
  • Whole Foods
  • Winn Dixie

The CDC estimates that 48 million Americans each year contract a foodborne illness. To prevent Y. enterocolitica infections, the federal agency recommends the following steps:

1. Avoid eating raw or undercooked pork.

2. Consume only pasteurized milk or milk products.

3. Wash hands with soap and water before eating and preparing food, after contact with animals, and after handling raw meat.

4. After handling raw chitterlings, clean hands and fingernails scrupulously with soap and water before touching infants or their toys, bottles, or pacifiers. Someone other than the food handler should care for children while chitterlings are being prepared.

5. Prevent cross-contamination in the kitchen: Use separate cutting boards for meat and other foods. Carefully clean all cutting boards, counter-tops, and utensils with soap and hot water after preparing raw meat.

6. Dispose of animal feces in a sanitary manner.

Consumer resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
FDA Food Safety
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Education

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  2. Private personal training Long Island

    I read these statistic's just after eating Ribs!
    69% of pork chops and ground pork that the organization sampled from around the U.S. tested positive for Yersinia enterocolitica and Consumer Reports also found 3-7% of the samples harbored salmonella, staphylococcus aureus or listeria monocytogenes, other common pathogens for foodborne

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  3. mcm ?? ??

    louis vuitton ?????? mcm ?? ??

    August 7, 2013 at 4:14 am |
    • solly

      pig is still a pig !
      why do people get offended when you say they are like pigs ? but not if you say 'you are a goat? , because pigs eat their own crap , they also eat human beings check with your FBI in america how they ate a man , now who wants to eat this type of animal , pigs have a poor excretory system so that means they so huge and consist of CRAP !
      pure crap ! pigs contain germs so when you cook it you cannot kill those germs !
      the muslims & jews refrain from eating this type of animal so 2x religions against christianity cannot be wrong !!!

      August 8, 2013 at 3:38 am |
  4. solly

    i have not attended any school , but i did some research on my own , all you pig lovers [satan animal] look up this on the internet : methicillin resistant staphylococcus , then reply !

    May 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
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  6. g

    i don't get why humans have to cook our meat, bacteria from meat do not effect carnivores who eat raw flesh.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  7. Farm Living

    I would challenge you to read the "other side" of this story. As you are well aware, there are two sides to every story and it is sad to say that Consumers Reports did not do that. Please read

    November 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
  8. Sandra LeVin

    Didn't pigs recently kill and eat a 70 year old farmer? I think his family found his dentures in the pigpen when he didn't return from feeding them.

    November 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • solly

      you are right , i have heard of a similar story , pig lovers beware !

      May 15, 2013 at 2:04 am |
  9. bacon?

    I got da SWINE FLU from a pig. it was terrible. the only prescription? was cowbell. that and a bacon sandwich.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      MORE COWBELL!!!!

      November 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  10. icecreamsunday

    i swear to god I just maybe a month ago read that Pork no longer had to be heated to the previous guidelines, as it was safer than it used to be 'in the old days' when temperature guidelines came out. I just don't know who to believe any more. hell with it. i'll just do what I want.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Bob

      There is bacteria in chicken, beef and pork. That is why you cook meat. This is just another useless article from CNN.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
      • SixDegrees

        Also, it is extremely rare for bacteria to be IN meat; it is almost invariably ON meat, and the interior is free of bacteria. Ground meat, of course, would be an exception.

        November 30, 2012 at 3:13 am |
    • SixDegrees

      The high temperature recommendations for pork were lowered because they were aimed at ensuring control of trichinosis. Trichinosis has been effectively eliminated from the US swine herd, so such overcooking is no longer necessary. In addition, a large portion of pork sold in the US is frozen, which is also kills trichinosis parasites should any happen to be present. Trichinosis is still a problem in wild boar, in deer and in bear, all of which should be cooked thoroughly or frozen according to FDA guidelines before eating.

      Bacteria occur on the surface of meat. They will be killed by pretty much any cooking process, even if the interior of the meat is left extremely rare.

      November 30, 2012 at 3:11 am |
      • What?

        You should point out that "just" freezing isn't sufficient. There are established time/temperature protocols that have been shown to be effective, and even they depend on how thick the cut is.

        A lot of pork is "moisture enhanced" today. This is primarily accomplished by multiple needle injection. This process can carry surface bacteria into the interior of the meat, so one unfortunately can't rely on internal sterility unless you know for sure that you have 100% pure pork.

        November 30, 2012 at 5:31 am |
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      November 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
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    November 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  13. tomatopotato

    What is the difference between corporate-money-hawk-devil-worshipping-weekend-golf-playing-meat-growth-hormone-pumping-junk-food-selling-war-mongering-baby-killing-selfish-always-hungry-for-more-cant-get-sleep-at-night-because-of-stress-monsters-who-sell-drugs-pigs-FDA-bribing-politician-bribing-credit-giving-loan-giving-interest-consuming-people and children?

    Children have adult supervision.

    November 29, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Truth™

      You might want to get those meds upped just a tweak...

      November 29, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  14. sickofit

    What the FDA needs to do is purge all of the corporate insiders from it's ranks and fix the agency so we don't have corporate interests creating the legislation that is supposed to regulate their respective industries. Maybe then they could start to fix the agency. Corruption of every imaginable form is the biggest problem in the U.S. and it affects every aspect of our daily lives.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  15. sickofit

    I used to know a guy who claimed to be a "chef". After he told me how they would slightly "under cook" pork chops if the cuts were really nice I knew he was no chef.

    The only reason religions prominent in third world countries prohibit eating pork is because when their religious texts were written people didn't understand the importance of proper cooking.

    I would be far more concerned about the rampant use of growth hormones and antibiotics than I would be about bacteria.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • SixDegrees

      The only reason for past guidance recommending that pork have the sh it cooked out of it was trichinosis; the heat killed the parasites. Trichinosis is also killed by freezing, and a good deal of pork is frozen at some point in the market cycle. More important, though, is that trichinosis has been effectively eliminated from the US swine herd for some time, so cooking to medium instead of well done is now common, and there's no harm in even rarer preparation other than conditioned tastes.

      Trichinosis is still a problem in wild boar, deer and bear; these should be cooked to a higher internal temperature, or frozen according to FDA guidelines before eating.

      November 30, 2012 at 3:16 am |
      • solly

        sorry i am very fussy what i consume , i will never eat an animal that eats their own 'waste' and 'humans' !!!

        May 15, 2013 at 2:11 am |
  16. America is Ungrateful

    Isn't it interesting that in developing countries whos populations are gaining wealth, the first thing that those people do is increase the amount of meat that is in their diet. Large areas of our world does not eat meat simply because they can not afford to. As they develop and gain wealth, they replace the main staples of their past diet, such as rice and other cheaper food sources with a more expensive protein source called meat. They are very grateful of the ability just to consume meat while we here in America have become a very ungrateful society.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • peanutpie

      ungrateful? for what? for our hard work? for our willingness to sacrifice our lives in defense of our freedom and the freedom of others? we built this country in less than 400 years. we have no one to thank but ourselves. you want in? feel free, immigration is legal.

      November 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
      • America is Ungrateful

        I am an American citizen. Thank You. Born and raised. The point of my comment is that we as Americans have things at our fingertips that many others can only dream about, and what do we do with it? We take it for granted. Everything that our ansesters have built, we assume should just be available to us just because. It is an entitlement that we need to earn ourselves. We sometimes forget how good we have it. If the only thing we have to argue about is what diet eachother chooses, then I believe we will all be okay.

        November 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
        • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

          You're right. I'm pulling out my Gentleman's Club member card out and exercising my right to make it rain in da club TONIGHT.

          November 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  17. Yusuf Abdulaziz

    May be we should acknowledge why Sharia and Kosher laws prohibit eating pork. Pigs eat their own poop and unborn babies. Also youtube why Muslims dont eat pork and you will see Joel Osteen give a whole sermon why pigs are bad for you. And he is a Christian preacher. Not surprised at Christians because they dont even listen to what Jesus Christ had to say, leave alone Joel Osteen.

    November 29, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Yusuf Abdulaziz

      @JesusSaves Thats not good manners my friend. The last Prophet of God said that the best of you are he ones that are the best in character. So I am not going to spit hate and curses at you because it is forbidden in Islam. But bring your proof and lets discuss the issues you have in a civilized manner. Muslim world is going through a traumatic time right now because for the past 200 years or so Muslims have left the true teachings of Islam. Also, we love and follow Jesus (peace be upon him), wejust don't worship him. It is a major sin to worship anyone besides our Creator.

      November 29, 2012 at 9:58 am |
      • l

        A very nice response, we should all be so kind to one another.

        November 29, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • tomatopotato

      pigs are nasty end of story. FDA needs to hire some real people to do some real research and ban this nasty animal from consumption. the problem is we have too many sell outs to corporations making money at the cost of American health and wellness. take down your ads and tvs and music and entertainment and false news and movies from the public spaces and stop influencing (infesting forcefully like brain washing) American minds into so called being free but actually being enslaved by corporations and animalistic human desires. and you think you are free? you are living your lives the way others want you to. THINK ABOUT IT.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:06 am |
      • Corporation Lover and Friend

        I am like so uncorporate. THE MAN don't have jack on me. I like to hang around NorCal chasing after braless hippie broads in Priuses. I lure them with my special granola bar.

        November 29, 2012 at 10:22 am |
        • tomatopotato

          Anyone who profits off of other peoples miseries and destruction needs to be behind bars.
          From sports, food, entertainment, music and movies to wars, politics – we as Americans are enslaved through our desires (aka freedom) to sick people who worship devil in secret.

          November 29, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • sickofit

        What the FDA really needs to do is purge all of the corporate insiders from it's ranks and fix the agency so we don't have corporate interests creating the legislation that is supposed to regulate their respective industries. Maybe then they could start to fix the agency. Corruption of every imaginable form is the biggest problem in the U.S. and it affects every aspect of our daily lives.

        November 29, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      How does one eat an unborn baby?

      November 29, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • SixDegrees

      There's nothing to acknowledge. Judaism and Islam have a wide range of dietary restrictions that are completely unrelated to health. The prohibition of pork, for example, has nothing to do with disease or health; it is a direct consequence of the general rule that eating any animal with cloven hoofs that don't chew their cud, and vice versa; this includes not only pigs, but rabbits, camels and hyraxes, among others. A general restriction on consuming the sciatic nerve – which can be very difficult to butcher around – eliminates whole portions of many animals from consumption. The list is long and complex; that it overlaps in one or two instances with animals that occasionally carry a specific disease isn't surprising, but is a matter of chance, nor wisdom.

      November 30, 2012 at 3:25 am |
      • solly

        two great religions , islam & judaism cant be wrong , sorry you christians are in a minority on this issue !

        May 15, 2013 at 2:08 am |
  18. Daverelentless

    A Summer on a Pig Farm 45 years ago, cured me of ever eating Pork again. Absolutely disgusting animals with no redeeming value. The Jews are correct, eat this crap and suffer the consequences, heathens.

    November 29, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Dave's not here

      November 29, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • solly

      islam has said this more than 1400 years ago !

      May 15, 2013 at 2:12 am |
  19. Angel

    You gotta love the pork industry response..."farms are natural places with bacteria," if only industrial animal agriculture was in any way natural...The source of contaminated meat is in the slaughter process as gut contents and manure come into contact with the meat. And the source of antibiotic bacteria are from the standard practice of feeding low dose medication to animals over their entire lifetime. The endless pace of death is why we have contamination...workers simply don't have time to be careful. EAT LESS MEAT and definitely don't eat corporate meat!

    November 29, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • Corporation Lover and Friend

      I've been eating "corporate meat" all my life, never a problem. But if you want to drive your Prius 30 miles out to some graying hippie's organic farm to pick vegetables be my guest.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  20. J.C.

    So... we're not supposed to eat raw meat? Good to know.

    November 29, 2012 at 8:52 am |
  21. Willie12345

    .....Report finds 69% of pork contaminated with bacteria ...........another report finds that 100 % of our politicians lie, pigs are doing better than our politicians.

    November 29, 2012 at 8:27 am |
  22. Bill

    They also have serious autoimmune diseases

    November 29, 2012 at 8:10 am |
  23. Katie

    Two words: local farm. Know where your meat is coming from and support a local business at the same time. I guarantee you it's a lot healthier for you and a lot more humane for the animal.

    November 29, 2012 at 6:55 am |
    • Gary

      Amen – I'd recommend that you watch the documentary Food Inc. – it will change your life. We've been communicating the issue of industrial food production to our kids – it's the current generation who will make a difference in how animals are raised for human consumption – there is a right way and a wrong way. And if enough people decide to not participate in the industrial system – the industrial system will change – we vote with our $'s every day. All you have to do is trace the origin of the nicely packaged product that appears in the nicely appointed food store to make you change your mind on what you choose to eat.

      November 29, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • SixDegrees

      I guarantee you're wrong. We don't hear about small farmer problems simply because they're...small. They're not monitored at sufficient resolution to show up in our screening network. And there are just as many germs and sloppy handling practices there as anywhere else.

      November 29, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • nowaymang

      Two words: FAT CHANCE. Most people don't live anywhere near a local farm that sells its goods to the publio, and even if so how many could afford small-scale farm prices?

      November 29, 2012 at 7:41 am |
      • i beg to differ

        hmmm- we just bought half a pig from a local farm for $1.89 a lb.....definitely cheaper than the grocery store and the processor (and farm itself) have been inspected and certified!

        November 29, 2012 at 8:00 am |
        • nowaymang

          Driving out to a farm to buy food doesn't work well when you live in the middle of Manhattan and have no car, or when you're living in Santa Monica and just driving to the local Safeway is a battle. Such an option doesn't exist for many people. See my point?

          November 29, 2012 at 8:23 am |
        • paul

          Sure, it may be unfeasible in the two most densely populated urban areas in the country, lol! But any city the size of Chicago or smaller, and it's not hard at all to get locally contracted meat, delivered if necessary.

          November 29, 2012 at 10:55 am |
        • SixDegrees

          It's not cheaper once you take yield into account. And if you buy in the same manner from a commercial source, you'll probably get an even better deal, for the same reason – you're paying for a lot of stuff that will either be thrown out or isn't very desirable. And that's all before you get to the cost of freezing it and maintaining it at correct temperature for long periods.

          November 30, 2012 at 3:29 am |
      • CBDen

        A lot of these farms will ship and you can ask friends or neighbors if they would like to go in with you on the purchase of a 1/2 or 1/4 to really see greater value.

        November 29, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  24. bellenoitr

    Whole Foods [whole paycheck]' isn't gonna like this!

    November 29, 2012 at 6:42 am |
  25. Ralph

    'Monsanto and ConAgra' are in league with Satan! i can prove it. it's an anagram of 'As to con man and groan'. see? see?!! do you need any clearer proof?????

    November 29, 2012 at 5:03 am |
    • Bri-Guy35

      what are you smoking? LOL

      November 29, 2012 at 5:39 am |
    • Oscar Pitchfork

      "Dang constant aroma" also works. Anything else?

      November 29, 2012 at 6:26 am |
      • ralph

        na, dont nag macaroons.

        November 29, 2012 at 6:49 am |
        • jason

          Raccoon don't snag a man

          November 29, 2012 at 9:30 am |
        • paul

          lolol. awesome.

          November 29, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  26. Ralph

    GMO crops or bacteria-infested meat? i can always cook the hell out of meat and kill bacteria. i cannot rewire the genetic structure of tweaked vegetables. i think i'll stick to meat.

    November 29, 2012 at 4:59 am |
    • Jack

      Your meat is GMO too. Better stick to dirt.

      November 29, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  27. Ralph

    vegans are monsters who consume the food that animals need to survive! HOW DARE YOU!! next time you suck down that plate of sprouts and tofu think about the millions of starving animals in Africa and India who are forced to go to bed each night hungry. if you saw one on the streets today and it said 'would you please sponsor me' would you turn it away? well now for just 25 cents a day you can ensure that some animal across the world will get a good meal every day and have clean water to drink. 25 cents... not even the price of one cup of coffee and it could mean so much. agree to sponsor an animal and you will receive monthly letters from your animal and photos showing you its progress....

    November 29, 2012 at 4:56 am |
  28. Marc

    I like how they don't mention which farms or companies are the worst offenders. Not like you'd know where it comes from when you buy it anyway, but still. If there's a way for consumers to go with the safest pork suppliers don't you think we would?!?!?

    November 29, 2012 at 3:53 am |
  29. brooze

    Who in their right mind would eat a pig? Seems like a very sick idea to begin with.

    November 29, 2012 at 3:52 am |
    • Ralph

      pig...does a body good! there is no more perfect food than bacon!

      November 29, 2012 at 4:08 am |
      • Joe bob

        Reports find vegan's are anti meat 69 % of the time. I enjoy eating piggies raised on our farm & we know whats in them from the start to the finish.

        Oh' soo tasty when we roast a nice eighty pound pig over the open fire pit in the summer.

        November 29, 2012 at 6:28 am |
        • WVCrone


          November 29, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • Realityblowz

      The pig is God's favorite animal. Why else would he have made it out of bacon? Mmmmm! BACON!!

      November 29, 2012 at 6:53 am |
      • World citizen

        On the contrary, pig is not the best and cleanest animal.Pork is harmful, you better eat useful kinds of meat.

        November 29, 2012 at 9:26 am |
      • solly

        it would probably be tasty as pigs eats their own waste , even an human being
        WHAT A JOKE !
        i am very fussy as to types of food i would allow to consume !

        June 12, 2013 at 4:06 am |
    • IndianaGreg

      Bacon, Ribs, Sausage, Chops....if those foods don't make your mouth water, then you want the Terrorists to win!

      November 29, 2012 at 7:04 am |
      • solly

        do you realise that you are eating an animal that eats their own 'waste' and 'humans' , pig is satans food !

        May 15, 2013 at 2:14 am |
    • Rabbi Rabies

      oy vey! don't eat pork

      November 29, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  30. Brian Smith

    "6. Dispose of animal feces in a sanitary manner." Say what??? What is animal feces doing anywhere near your food? And why do they have to tell people not to eat it?

    November 29, 2012 at 3:44 am |
    • Anna Banana

      Did you know that meat comes from animals... which produce feces? Did you also know that you have to remove all of that when you carve the animals up? I know, I know. Take a second to process that.

      November 29, 2012 at 5:09 am |
    • SixDegrees

      News flash: meat comes from animals!

      New update: animals defecate!

      November 29, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • Jen

      ... they did mention chittlins... do you know what they are, and what their purpose was while the pig was still alive??

      November 29, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  31. AgrippaMT

    Most pork is safe to eat provided you cook it really well, which means slowly at moderate heat or braise it in a very hot skillet and then cook it for a long time until it is tender. If you are dumb enough to eat raw pork or, worse, ground raw pork, you deserve whatever serious illness comes your way. Ground pork is not steak tartare, it's poison.

    November 29, 2012 at 3:08 am |
  32. SixDegrees

    If 69% of pork has bacteria on it, that strongly suggests that having those bacteria on it is not harmful. I haven't noticed vast swaths of the pork-eating population keeling over.

    November 29, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • Bork Bork Swedish Chef

      Much of that has to do with preparation. I bet you would see lots of people getting sick if they lowered the recommended "cook to" temps for pork products.

      November 29, 2012 at 3:14 am |
      • SixDegrees

        First: so what? Pork sashimi is a mistake, right out of the box.

        Second: I doubt undercooking would present a problem with cuts of meat; bacteria is generally only present on the surface, where it is exposed to direct heat.

        November 29, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • L

      Actually there have been HUGE outbreaks of yersinia here in San Diego, and in the midwest. I know several people who have gotten sick with it in the last two weeks.

      November 29, 2012 at 5:26 am |
      • SixDegrees

        The "outbreak" in San Diego came from squirrels. And that was a different strain of Yersinia; in fact, it was Yersinia pestis, or plague, which is still endemic in many areas yet rarely causes outbreaks in humans anymore. In any case, a totally unrelated issue. I can't find any record of any sort of outbreak in the Midwest, so you're likely wrong about this, too.

        November 29, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  33. mohammad

    instead of eating pigs please eat ship or chicken

    November 29, 2012 at 2:26 am |
    • mohammad's left nut

      What kind of ship do you recommend? I'm partial to dhows myself.

      November 29, 2012 at 2:37 am |
      • Ralph

        i used to like refried pirogue but my doctor said i have to cut back on grease.

        November 29, 2012 at 4:10 am |
      • nutcutter


        November 29, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • still

      ship? Titanic?

      November 29, 2012 at 6:14 am |
  34. mohammad

    because pig eat their waste
    their body are full of bacteria and disease.
    do not eat that

    November 29, 2012 at 2:24 am |
    • Ralph

      puppies eat their own feces too... but there's no way i'm gonna stop eating puppy!

      November 29, 2012 at 4:11 am |
      • Syzygy

        Puppies? Nah, you have to try baby duck! The cutest animals are the tastiest! ;)

        November 29, 2012 at 4:40 am |
        • Ralph

          baby duck kebabs! yummers! gellied baby seal brains are also splendid but so hard to find these days :(

          November 29, 2012 at 4:49 am |
    • Ron


      November 29, 2012 at 7:26 am |
      • Judy

        And eagles taste like freedom!

        November 29, 2012 at 7:36 am |
  35. mohammad

    in Islam eating the pig is taboo.
    please do eat that

    November 29, 2012 at 2:19 am |
  36. Jonee Janes

    What is even sadder about this thread is that right now, there are lots of starving people all over the world, living on dirt, and whatever roots they can dig up out of the ground, who would love to have some meat to eat, and these rich vegan brats are complaining about people eating animals. So elitist. I am part Cherokee, and my ancestors hunted and gathered. They lived off of the land, and never wasted a thing, and to this day, it is still going on. I am proud of this way of life, and the next time some little entitlement generation brat comes up to me and tells me not to wear leather shoes, or eat animals, I am going to point out that without meat, man would not be here today.

    November 29, 2012 at 1:42 am |
    • solly


      June 24, 2013 at 9:18 am |
  37. ConfucianScholar

    I was a farmer back in the 70's until the pigs in my farm bridged the fence and broke into the farm next door. My pigs eat all of the neighboring farm chickens and cows. The law suit put me out of business.

    November 29, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • Daniel

      Your pigs built a bridge over the fence? Wow.

      November 29, 2012 at 1:22 am |
      • ConfucianScholar

        Don't joke...the pigs devoured the farmer next door. At least that's how his wife explained his disappearance. I theorized the guy took advantage of the whole ordeal to leave her and the kids and thankfully it stuck in court.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:26 am |
    • Pigs are Part Human

      So sorry to hear that. :-(
      I was raised to not eat Pork. I eat mostly seafood or Organic if I have to eat meat – Chicken. People ask me if I am Jewish because I do not eat Pork. Not sure the reasoning behind my upbringing, but after many years I can not eat it. I actually get a rash when I eat it to be sociable or whatever. If a dead man/woman falls the ground accidentally and dies they "Hogs" will eat him. I just recently heard on this story on the news. But I am sorry for you business loss. I am sure you are doing much better.

      November 29, 2012 at 1:25 am |
      • jdoe

        Some Jewish people don't eat seafood either. I guess it depends on how observant one is.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:30 am |
        • mohammad

          in Islam no one eat that.
          eating pork is taboo.

          November 29, 2012 at 2:21 am |
    • asdf

      Cough bullsh_t. Another troll testimonal.

      November 29, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • mohammad

      pigs are very dirty animal.
      get lost them

      November 29, 2012 at 2:20 am |
      • still

        my friend, go sleep! Every ANIMAL that isn't COOKED PROPERLY has GERMS in them. Is everyone Muslim? or should we become Muslims cos eating pork is a taboo? Why don't you make your point without the Religion, you fanatic.

        November 29, 2012 at 6:25 am |
        • solly

          go check this on the internet then you respond : methicillin resistant staphylococcus ???

          May 15, 2013 at 2:21 am |
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