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Turkey Trouble

Can you trust the turkey on your Thanksgiving table? If it’s a Diestel Turkey, maybe not.

Diestel Turkey, sold by Whole Foods and other retailers at premium prices, says on its website that its “animals are never given hormones, antibiotics or growth stimulants.”

But Diestel Turkey samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggest otherwise. According to testing conducted under the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) National Residue Program, samples of Diestel Turkey products tested positive for numerous drug and antibiotic residues. 

One of those drugs, Chloramphenicol, is strictly prohibited by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in food production. Why? Because it’s known to have “severe toxic effects in humans including bone marrow suppression or aplastic anemia in susceptible individuals.” 

According to a lawsuit filed November 14, against Diestel Turkey Ranch, the FSIS inspected Diestel turkeys on four dates in 2015 and 2016. What they found might make you lose your appetite.

Read ‘Popular Diestel Turkey Brand Sold at Whole Foods Tests Positive for FDA-Prohibited Drug Residue'

TAKE ACTION: Tell Whole Foods to Drop Diestel Turkey! 

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