As is standard in the food industry, you are consuming a number of ingredients that food manufacturers do not have to explicitly detail. Currently, meat products that are plumped up through solutions such as chicken broth or salt may only state on that label that it is “enhanced” and is often not very visible. The Agriculture Department estimates that 40 percent of all raw meat and poultry products contain added ingredients that may not be properly labeled.
Faulty labeling has always been a concern among health-conscious consumers who want to know what they are feeding themselves and their families. Even more ‘transparent’ food store chains like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods oftentimes do not label products that contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients. (Take action: Tell Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to label their GM products).
It is a step in the right direction to require manufacturers to label hidden additives such as salt solutions, but it is even more dire to require companies to be open about their usage of hormones and antibiotics. Consumers need to know what they are purchasing in order to make informed decisions about whether or not they are helping or hurting their bodies. Shockingly, approximately 80% of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are used on livestock. Deceptive labeling is a result of greedy companies who have no concern for their customer’s health.