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Oyster Poboy

Posted by mikedaum on January 22nd, 2008

This was my lunch on Sunday.  Why haven’t I done this before?

Shit in the meat

Posted by mikedaum on July 3rd, 2007

So upset about the Libby I can’t talk about it. So I looked around to find something cheery and found this post on Cosmic Variance. Seems the FDA is considering a proposal to allow irradiated meat to be sold with no label.

The meat industry really wants this because they spend almost all of their efforts trying to keep shit from getting mixed in to the meat they ship. It would be much cheaper for them to just leave the shit in, except that would make lots of people sick (lots more than already do, that is). So they have this plan to “cold pasteurize” their product by shining it with an intense beam of high energy gamma radiation. This kills bad bugs by knocking apart their DNA so they can’t reproduce.

Unfortunately, it also knocks everything else apart too, filling the tasty beef with all sorts of radiolytic byproducts, smashed up molecule fragments, many of which do not occur in nature at all. Of course that’s only speculation, because the actual composition of these byproducts have not been closely studied. What has been studied is the radiation’s effect on the taste of the meat, which was described as “wet dog” or “singed hair”.