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Risks of User-Generated Content: Nitrates? What Nitrates?

More studies demonstrating serious health risks of preserved meats have been published recently.  My kids love salami, so I decided to go on the Boar’s Head website to see what chemicals were in their products.  I couldn’t find any ingredient lists on the site (and it’s awkward to ask the deli counter worker to read you the list!)  But I was amused to find this:

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Notice that the number one search on the website is something they have no answer for! The “top searches” list must be generated automatically. (A search for “nitrites” sends you to their FAQ, with an article from The American Meat Institute saying the preservatives are safe.) One risk of user-generated content is that your users may highlight exactly the thing you don’t want to talk about!

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  1. May 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I like how they link to articles about how safe nitrites are from the American Meat Institute. Those people wouldn’t possibly be biased would they 😉
    http://boarshead.com/about/nitrites

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