What's New ? - 2020

What's New ? - 2020

UK: 85% of breast fillet are affected by white striping disease

2 September, 2020

Study finds white striping disease in 85 percent of standard factory-farmed chicken on the shelves of the top UK supermarkets.
White striping is a muscle disease that is reported to impact 50-90% of fast growing chickens, and is a consequence of fast growth rates. This changes the appearance, texture and, crucially, reduces the nutritional value of the meat by increasing the fat content. The Humane League UK set out to investigate whether the ‘standard’ chicken breast meat on British supermarket shelves had similar levels of white striping disease to those reported in scientific journals.
The findings revealed:
• 85% of packets examined had one breast fillet or moreaffected by white striping. In fact, some supermarkets had white striping in over 90% of the standard packets sampled.
• In comparison, just 11% of higher welfare packets of chicken presented the disease.

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