In 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a notice to restaurants warning that people could face fines of up to $25,000 if they serve pork products to patrons.
Now, the FDA is sending the same warning to all meat products, even those that don’t use the traditional curing method.
“Meat and poultry products are now considered to be adulterated,” the notice says, “and, as such, any violation of the adulteration rule could result in a fine of up $25 and/or imprisonment for up to one year.”
Meat products, of course, are already subject to the Food and Drugs Act, which prohibits food adulterations by labeling or packaging.
“The Food and Tobacco Administration does not believe that this regulation addresses the actual adulterant in meat and poultry, and is not intended to address whether a food may be contaminated with foodborne pathogens,” the agency said in the notice.
“Nevertheless, it is possible that a person may be liable for a fine for adulterating meat or poultry products.”
The FDA also warned that people who unknowingly consume meat or meat products containing bacteria could face a fine as high as $25 for every pound of meat or 1,000 grams of cured meat or frozen chicken.
As for the health risks associated with eating meat and chicken, the agency has issued its own guidance, noting that “unhealthy behaviors, including overeating and obesity, can lead to increased risk of serious disease, and eating meat can increase the risk of these diseases.”
The agency has also suggested that people should limit their consumption of pork products and pork products made from pork, but also has urged people to not eat pork products from other sources, including chicken.
But what about beef and pork?
Beef is often served at restaurants, but many people who want to eat beef don’t have a lot of choice.
While meat products are typically labeled “chicken” or “beef,” it’s not uncommon for people to ask for “cattle,” which are beef and/and pork products.
This isn’t necessarily a problem, according to experts, since cattle are considered “cheaper” than beef and meat.
But the FDA says it is not aware of any scientific evidence that beef and beef products can be more dangerous than pork.
“It is unclear whether the FDA would have a similar approach in its regulatory review of pork and beef,” the FDA said.
“Regardless of what labeling or labeling rules are put in place, meat and beef should be labeled ‘fresh.'”
It’s unclear whether anyone will be prosecuted for serving pork and/ or beef to people who don’t understand that their choice is a matter of life and death.