Investigate Report of Pig Meat Sold as Calamari


Target: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Goal: Create stronger regulations for seafood markets, to ensure that pig rectums, or “pig bung,” are never being passed off as seafood

A reporter recently discovered evidence that in some places, farmers may be making artificial calamari out of pig meat, and selling it as deceptively labeled real “calamari” to consumers.

Ben Calhoun, producer of public radio program This American Life, was recently at a pork processing plant when he noticed boxes labeled “artificial calamari.” He inquired, and the farmer informed him that they cut the rectums of pigs into ringlet shapes to be deep fried and sold to consumers as calamari. The farmer suggested that this is a practice that has been performed all over for many years. Upon his research, Calhoun found links to this “pig bung” being served as calamari in Asia. The degree to which this occurs is unknown as Calhoun’s research was inconclusive. We do not know if this is a single case, if there are several instances, if these products are served in the United States, or if they are just shipped overseas. Regardless, we need some sort of regulation to ensure that consumers are not being mislead.

We ask that those in charge of regulating the meat in the United States look further into what is being done to regulate the sale of calamari, to ensure that pork or other meat products aren’t being passed off as seafood. All consumers deserve to know exactly what they are eating.

Please sign the petition below to stop and prevent pork bung from being sold as calamari:


Dear U.S. Department of Agriculture,

A recent investigation done by producer of the radio program This American Life, got a lead that suggests some meat farmers may use pork bung as artificial calamari that they sell to distributors to be passed off as calamari. Reporter Ben Calhoun noticed boxes labeled “artificial calamari” on the floor of a pork processing plant and when he asked what they were for, a farmer explained that they cut pig bung into ringlets to be deep fried and passed off as calamari.

It is unknown exactly how often this occurs or whether the fake calamari is every sold in the United States. However, it is very frightening to think consumers could be eating something so different and repulsive from that which they think they are eating. Precautions are needed to ensure that any deception of this type is avoided.

We ask that you devise a procedure and regulations to ensure that nothing is coming out of meat farms that is deceptive or falsely labeled. On behalf of consumers everywhere, please ensure that this practice does not go on any longer.


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