11 May 2016
In both meat and vegetarian patties, Clear Labs found some additional ingredients that may turn the stomachs of the hardiest eaters, according to “The Hamburger Report,” a molecular study of a beloved American food.
Researchers also pointed out the conspicuous absence of other ingredients — like beans missing from a vegetarian black bean burger.
“This report provides new insights into the burger product industry to give suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers a representative overview of the supply chain at large and provides insights based on an objective molecular analysis into how we can strengthen the good and improve the bad,” the company wrote on its website.
Here are more of the findings:
- 6% of meat burgers were identified as problematic with substitution, hygienic issues and pathogenic contamination
- One sample tested positive for human DNA
- Three samples tested positive for rat DNA
- 46% of samples contained more calories than reported on labels or in menus
- 49% of samples contained more carbohydrates than reported
- 6% of vegetarian burgers were identified as problematic with substitution, hygienic issues, and pathogenic contamination
- In one black bean burger, there were no black beans
- In two cases, meat was found in vegetarian products
The lab results come from 258 samples of ground meat, frozen patties, fast-food burger products and veggie burger products from 79 brands and 22 retailers. […]