“It’s so scary”, “It’s totally unconscious”, “Atrocious”, “I’m desperate”, “What a shame”: the twittos revolted by a report on Brazilian chickens

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This Sunday, January 22, 2023, Capital offered M6 viewers a survey of Brazilian chickens, among the cheapest in the world. A report that revealed disastrous breeding methods, but also a scandalous mystery “ingredient”. Twitter rumbled.

“Do we really know what we eat?”. This Sunday, January 22, 2023, Capital focused on consumer food safety. During a first report, the program focused on the slippages of industrialists. Every day, around ten new products are recalled for health reasons. And for good reason, some food companies send their products to the shelves, even before waiting for the results of their self-checks, even if it means endangering customers.

Glass in mayonnaise, brie with salmonella etc, the possibilities of dangers are numerous. Among the bacteria most feared by manufacturers and consumers: listeria, salmonella and Escherichia coli. In 2022, the latter even caused the death of two children in France. However, everything is not implemented to avoid these tragedies, as noted by the journalists of the show.

It is in fact not guaranteed that the consumer who purchased the contaminated product will be notified in time. If some rare distribution chains contact them through their loyalty cards, many are content to withdraw the products still in store, and put up information posters. In hidden camera, one of the journalists however quickly detected concerns in the way in which the reminders are displayed. She thus discovered posters pasted (probably voluntarily) too high, behind a fire extinguisher, or even using terms too technical to be understood by customers. In addition, the emergency number indicated does not result in any serious support…

“We want traceability on everything we eat, and controls”

The second report focused more specifically on the chicken industry. The French consume 28kg of it per year and per inhabitant. But the made in France is more and more neglected… 52% of our chickens consumed in France come from imports. Among the most competitive countries in this field: Brazil. In this country where each inhabitant consumes an average of 46kg of chicken per year, the prices are unbeatable. But to understand how prices can be so low, journalists from Capital investigated.

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They first followed the NGO Mercy for animals, in the south of the country. In a farm visited by hidden camera by this organization, they discovered 30,000 35-day-old chickens, evolving in deplorable conditions: a shed without straw litter or sufficient ventilation. Many of them had irritated skin, or missing feathers. Larger than normal, some had difficulty getting up and spent their time lying down. Why this heavier weight than our French chickens? It was with another breeder in the Santa Catarina area that Capital investigated.

He revealed, face blurred, the composition of the food ration provided by the industrialist JBS, who buys his chickens from him. And among the ingredients, a vermifuge called Maduramicina, as well as a growth activating antibiotic, Flavomycin. Problem: if the latter has been banned in France since 2006, there is no indication that the Brazilian chickens consumed in France do not contain it. Indeed, the drug does not appear in the list of substances sought during European controls… Worse, even in the event of the mention “EU origin”, there is no guarantee to French consumers that their ready meals do not contain Brazilian chicken. Brazilian chickens in transit in Rotterdam mysteriously take on European nationality…. Aberrations, which quite simply scandalized the twittos.

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