USDA & FDA Approved Beef Still Banned in Other Countries
Due to Deadly Ractopamine!
(Revised from 2014)
If USDA & FDA inspected beef is really the high quality that they claim to be, why then did Mexico refuse USDA inspected meat a few years ago, and 160+ countries, including many countries in Europe, still continue to ban USA beef today?
An article reported in USA Today, 2010 said the following:
“In 2008, for example, Mexican authorities rejected a U.S. beef shipment because its copper levels exceeded Mexican standards, the audit says. But because there is no U.S. limit, the FSIS had no grounds for blocking the beef’s producer from reselling the rejected meat in the United States.”
And because there is no current testing of heavy metal toxicity in animal products, apparently this same rejected meat could legally be sold here in the good ol’ USA!
Dr. Lawrence Wilson, MD in his article Copper Toxicity Syndrome , points to many health conditions caused by excess copper including:
“The glandular system, particularly the thyroid and adrenal glands. The thyroid gland is extremely sensitive to copper. In part this is due to its nature and how easily it is influenced by the sympathetic nervous system. Common conditions seen with copper imbalance include hypothyroidism and even hyperthyroidism of a particular type that is very common… Grave’s disease usually due to stress, copper imbalance and often mercury as well.”
The solution per the FDA? They simply say, “eat less” (which by the way is their solution to eating fish contaminated with mercury). However this is not a reasonable “solution”, since heavy metals are not easily removed from the body, resulting in a cumulative effect which then causes these health conditions.
Added Hormones in Beef Linked to Cancer
And though heavy metals in US beef is a major issues, there is an even greater issue.
Europeans were smart enough to ban hormone-raised beef way back in 1989. Why?
Due to the hormone related carcinogenic effects – whether natural or synthetic.
And isn’t it interesting that reported cases of cancer in the U.S. are always on the increase?
Well not so much as interesting, but rather a reality according to the 2009 study finding a direct link between hormones in US beef and increased cancer risk!
“Increased levels of sex hormones are linked to the escalating incidence of reproductive cancers in the United States since 1975 – 60% for prostate, 59% for testis, and 10% for breast“
And even more shocking:
“Not surprisingly, but contrary to longstanding claims by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), residues of these hormones in meat are up to 20-fold higher than normal…Still higher residues result from the not uncommon illegal practice of implantation directly into muscle. Furthermore, contrary to misleading assurances, meat is still not monitored for hormone residues.“
In 2009, however, the dispute over banned meat in Europe was partially settled. A very interesting article in www.npr.org stated the following:
“The U.S. and the European Union recently settled one of their longest-running trade disputes: over beef. Under the deal, the EU agreed to quadruple import quotas for hormone-free U.S. beef, but it still won’t import hormone-treated American beef, because many Europeans consider it unhealthy.“
And recently, March 2012, though the European Parliament has given the okay for more beef imports from the US, the ban on beef treated with hormones is still in effect.
“As of August this year, the US and Canada can export a further 48.200 tonnes of beef to Europe as long as this has not been treated with hormones. European consumers get a bigger choice while not having to fear hormone-treated beef“
And if this wasn’t enough, earlier this year there was the “pink slime” controversy, or also known as ammonia-treated beef. Of course the FDA claims that ammonia hydroxide is “safe”.
But is doesn’t stop here. There is another poison that the FDA and USDA also claim is “safe”…Ractopamine
Straight from the USDA is the following from July 5, 2012:
“After five years of hard work by the Codex Commission, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and our federal agency partners, the United States welcomes the Commission’s adoption of standards for the veterinary drug ractopamine. This action by Codex affirms the pre-eminent role of science in setting international standards for food safety.
Currently, American producers face trade restrictions due to unjustified bans on the use of ractopamine, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and used safely in the United States for 12 years as well as 25 other countries. These standards provide clear guidance to countries about safe use of ractopamine, which promotes lean meat production.”
However, over 160+ countries ban the use of this drug – including all European countries, and China.
Ractopamine, a drug known as a beta-agonist which mimics stress hormones, is used to “promote leanness” in pigs, cows, and turkeys.
As reported on MSNBC,
“Although few Americans outside of the livestock industry have ever heard of ractopamine, the drug is controversial…[it is] Fed to an estimated 60 to 80 percent of pigs in the United States, it has sickened or killed more of them than any other livestock drug on the market, Food and Drug Administration records show. Cattle and turkeys have also suffered high numbers of illnesses from the drug”
And if that wasn’t enough, if the drug is so safe per the FDA, why then does the FDA require the following to be labeled on the drug:
“Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask.”
Yet the FDA stands by their claim that the meat which has notable trace amounts of this drug is safe for human consumption?
So here in the United State, FDA & USDA approved cattle are given (or have) the following:
- Hormones for fast unnatural growth
- Ractopamine to make them unnaturally leaner
- Antibiotics to counteract the unsanitary and unnatural living conditions (in some cases, cattle never see the light of day)
- Given grain to eat that is unnatural to their diet (and in some cases “ground cow parts”; thought to be the main cause of Mad Cow Disease)
- And they have dangerously high levels of heavy metals (FDA does NOT require testing)
Does this sound like anything that could possibly produce a “healthy” animal “safe” for human consumption? How can the proponents for conventionally raised, and drug-ridden cattle, argue that this isn’t a major concern?
Well, if this was my only option I would be the first on board the vegetarian train! However, thank goodness there is another option – organically raised beef!
I think the difference should be quite obvious!
Organically Raised Brings Healthy Back to Beef!
Some people simply stop eating meat altogether becoming vegetarians. Though this is absolutely an valid option, it certainly isn’t the only option for a naturally health-minded person who prefers a more “paleo lifestyle”.
Per the Organic Trade Association, the following are some of the major differences of organic cattle:
- The cattle must be given access to outdoors, fresh air, water, sunshine, grass and pasture
- The animal must be given 100% organic food that is natural to the animals diet
- Sanitary and humane living conditions, which includes shelter, and an area to exercise
- No antibiotics are allowed (which under these living conditions is unnecessary)
- No hormones are allowed to promote artificial and unnatural rate of growth
- The farmer must be able to produce traceability of the animal from birth to slaughter.
The USDA has strict regulations regarding what can be considered organic foods, yet it seems that their stance is the exact opposite with respect to conventionally raised!
Many people tell me that they would love to buy organically raised beef, but the price prevents them from doing so. They say they have no other choice but to buy conventionally raised meat.
When you take in account all the poisons that are injected into the conventionally raised cow, and the overall health of the animal…I implore you to please reconsider!
Your health is certainly worth more than that!
(Interesting article in National Geographic Organic Beef Vs. Conventional Beef)
- Surprise rippled across America last month as a new wave of consumers discovered that hamburgers often contained ammonia-treated beef, or what critics dub “pink slime”.
- Science vs. hype: Is panic over pink slime justified?
- Pink Slime’s Most Notorious Ingredient, Ammonia, Found In Many Foods
- Diet And Disease In Cattle: High-Grain Feed May Promote Illness And Harmful Bacteria
- Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s Adoption of Standards for the Veterinary Drug Ractopamine
- What is Ractopamine? Dispute Over Drug in Feed Limiting US Meat Exports
- ( Toxins in US beef remains unchanged, USDA Finds Major Problems with Toxins in Meat Supply)
- Organic Beef Vs. Conventional Beef
- Dispute Over Drug in Feed Limiting US Meat Exports