Bone broth lab test findings aren’t unusual for animal-derived products that aren’t organic

Monday, October 09, 2017 by

Because it’s important for consumers to understand the context of lab test results, I wanted to make sure the recent bone broth lab tests conducted and published by the Consumer Wellness Center are fully understood. It is not unusual for non-organic, animal-derived products to test positive for antibiotics, hormones, food service insect repellents and pharmacological drugs. In fact, this is the norm across the conventional animal industry, where chickens, cows, pigs and other animals are routinely treated with such chemicals.

No one familiar with conventional food production from animal sources should be surprised at the results that were reported. When these chemicals are fed to animals, many of those chemicals end up in the bones and connective tissue of those animals. The bone broth extraction process typically boils these bone and ligament scraps in water, extracting the bone “broth” but also extracting water-soluble chemicals that might also be present. This is how chemicals that are fed to animals end up in bone broth products.

If the CWC were to test beef jerky products, the results would likely be very similar. Any time you’re purchasing and consuming conventional products derived from animals, you are exposing yourself to a battery of chemicals that are used in conventional meat production and animal ranching.

Nearly all non-organic food products carry a battery of synthetic chemicals

All this underscores the importance of choosing organic wherever possible. To my knowledge, two USDA organic bone broth products are now available in the marketplace. We have acquired those products and will be testing them soon, then sharing the results with you. Although I will let the science speak for itself, it is my hope that these products will be free from all the chemicals that were detected in the non-organic bone broth products. That would give consumers a clear choice in more pristine bone broth products that do not contain the chemicals found in non-organic products.

Similarly, if you’re eating non-organic produce, you are no doubt eating pesticides and fungicides in very large quantities. Conventionally grown strawberries and parsley, for example, are inundated with pesticide chemicals. This should be common knowledge, but it’s something people tend to forget for the simple reason that pesticides are invisible to the human eye. People are often deceived by the “freshness” look of the produce, because chemical pesticides and fungicides kill off the pests that might eat small holes in the apples or broccoli, for example. Thus, the more “clean” the produce looks, the more it might actually be saturated with toxic pesticides. (Authentic organic produce can often look less appealing visually, but it’s actually far cleaner and healthier for you.)

In summary, keep in mind that finding antibiotics and insect repellent in non-organic bone broth products should surprise no one. If it comes from animals — and it’s not organic — it will almost always carry a considerable array of synthetic chemicals used in the animal food production industry.

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