We're Eating What? The Drugstore in U.S. Meat.
Public health officials and livestock specialists are increasingly questioning the drug's wide and often clandestine use. “Ractopamine usage benefits producers, but not consumers. It is bad for animal welfare and has some bad effects on humans,” said Donald Broom, a professor at the University of Cambridge’s department of veterinary medicine, at a forum on the topic in Taipei earlier this year.
In China, the Sichuan Pork Trade Chamber of Commerce reported that more than 1,700 people have been “poisoned” from eating Paylean-fed pigs since 1998 in 2007, it seized U.S. pork for its ractopamine residues.
Thanks to the effect of Big Meat's black hand on USDA and FDA policies, Americans have an almost unlimited supply of cheap meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unfortunately it does a lot more for the meat industry's "health" than for food consumers'. END
Martha Rosenberg's acclaimed expose of Big Food, Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, is now available in bookstores, libraries, online and as an ebook in time for the holidays.