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Russia Bans US Meat Due to Dangerous Drug Residue Banned in Europe

Animals  (tags: Ractopamine, residue, birth defects, obesity, growth hormone, hyperactivity, death, AnimalWelfare, animalrights, animals, cruelty, humans, suffering, abuse )

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' rats fed ractopamine experienced a cluster of birth defects such as cleft palate, open eyelids, shortened limbs, missing digits, enlarged heart, & protruding tongue...ractopamine residue is linked to fast growth/obesity, hyperactivity in animals

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Jay S (116)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 12:21 am
Here's the article:

'You know things are bad in the US industrial food system when Russia seems to know more about it than American citizens do.

Last week, Russia announced that it intends to ban US imports of beef and pork unless these foods can be certified free of the livestock drug ractopamine.


Yeah, that’s what I thought when I first learned about Russia’s recent move.

Ractopamine was approved for use in pigs in 1999, cattle in 2003 and turkeys in 2009 – all largely unbeknownst to the public.

Ractopamine is a growth promoting drug which increases muscle mass by actively slowing protein degradation. Unlike other veterinary drugs which are withdrawn prior to slaughter, ractopamine is started and never withdrawn in the animal’s final days. It is given to beef cattle during their last 4-6 weeks, pigs in their last 4 weeks, and turkeys for their last 1-2 weeks.

Given that these animals are actively being given ractopamine immediately prior to slaughter and have been receiving the drug for some weeks preceding, there can be no doubt that a residue of the drug remains in the animal’s meat when it finally hits supermarket shelves.

Ok, so there’s some ractopamine left in the conventional meat of the 45% of pigs, 30% of feedlot cattle and an unknown number of turkeys.

What’s so bad about this drug anyway?

The Bureau of Veterinary Drugs, Health Protection Branch of the Health and Welfare Department of Ottawa Canada found that rats fed ractopamine experienced a cluster of birth defects such as cleft palate, open eyelids, shortened limbs, missing digits, enlarged heart, and protruding tongue.

In 2002, the FDA accused Elanco, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and manufacturer of Paylean, the brand name for ractopamine for pigs, of a cover-up on the dangers of the drug in animals. There was no mention in Elanco’s documents submitted during Paylean’s approval process of numerous phone calls from farmers reporting that their animals vomited after consuming feed containing Paylean or that they had become hyperactive, overly stressed (“down and shaking”), or had died as a result of exposure to the drug.

Inexplicably, the FDA went on to approve ractopamine for cattle the following year even after it’s 14 page warning letter to Elanco on it’s blatant deception and abuse of the approval process of Paylean for pigs!

Even though the FDA rolled over on ractopamine, other countries paid attention to the scandal with the growth enhancing drug banned in Europe, Taiwan and China where an estimated 1,700 people were “poisoned” from eating Paylean-fed pigs.

Now, with ractopamine already banned in Europe, Russia is taking the additional step of banning US meat imports unless they can be certified ractopamine-free. While US meat producers are furious at the move, I applaud Russia for taking steps to protect its people from the ravages of exposure to this veterinary drug.

Parents of children beware. There is no doubt that ractopamine residue will eventually be linked to fast growth aka obesity in children and even perhaps hyperactivity as it has been in animals. Don’t wait for that day! Protect your children now!'

Stan B (123)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 12:55 am
Scary stuff. We are what we eat. Thanks Rob and J.

Hilary S (65)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 1:36 am
oh my - after i read jonathan safran foer's 'eating animals' a while ago, i stopped eating meat. what an eye-opener that was. it really shifted many f my perceptions, and made me confront my comfortable blind spots.
for those who really need meat, we're fortunate here to have access to a good range of organics
but poor creatures.
anyone read 'the restaurant at the end of the universe'?

Marina O (10)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 1:53 am
If Russia banns it then it must be extremely toxic!

Roseann d (178)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 2:49 am
From GMOs to ractopamine, if countries are wise, they'll ban importing US foods. It's hard enough for people in the US to avoid eating that crap.

Saturday December 22, 2012, 2:55 am
Ractopamine is not the only stuff force fed to animals to boost pre-slaughter bulk; there are various other growth hormones and of course loads of antibiotics to ensure survival in pretty nasty environments. Agricultural boards and other bodies always ensure the consumer that dosing stops long enough before slaughter for all residues to have worked their way out of the animals; many researchers beg to differ! There is delicious irony in the fact that the efforts to provide cheap food for the ever growing masses of humanity have locked within them, like a Trojan Horse, the agent of a chunk of humanity’s demise.

Roseann d (178)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 2:56 am
Thanks for nothing FDA and USDA!

Danuta W (1248)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 3:18 am

Jay S (116)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 6:45 am
Hilary, Jonathan Safran Foer's "Eating Animals" should be required reading in all secondary schools. There is so much cruelty and suffering that 99% of the people know nothing about (and many don't want to know, sadly) in how sentient beings are raised, often cruelly, transported brutally and slaughtered horrifically. People seem to have the notion that animals just walk into slaughter houses without any idea of what is going on, then get hit in the head and have their throats slit while unconscious. Some are that lucky, but so many wake up after they've been strung up and are being skinned or having their legs cut off.

We're nearly full vegans because we saw a video years ago on a late night public access TV channel (we had never watched before) of a film inside a slaughter house from a hidden camera, and the cruelty to and suffering of the animals had us both in tears. We stopped eating them right then and there, thinking that was enough until we saw a program in the UK on a visit of what happens to the little unwanted boy chicks born on egg farms (ground up alive for pet food or suffocated and dumped in the trash - 200 million in the US each year alone!), and the little unwanted boy calves on dairy farms (they end up in boxes where they can't move so they don't develop muscles, can't walk at the auctions so are kicked and thrown then cruelly slaughtered for veal. How can this still be legal? Who still eats this?). So now we are almost completely free of dairy products and eggs (Cheezly vegan cheddar and Gouda cheeses are excellent!).

There are so many vegetarian/vegan meat substitutes on the market now that are so delicious and cruelty free, there is no excuse for anyone to continue to eat animals (some are actually too much like meat for us. The longer we go without eating meat the more repellent it becomes).

Paul McCartney was correct when he said that if slaughter houses were made of glass so people could see what happened inside of them everyone would be a vegetarian/vegan. There's a good reason they are kept hidden away from view.

Saturday December 22, 2012, 7:52 am
It is worth re-visiting the "Animal Contract" by Desmond Morris

PLEASE spend a few minutes watching this video:

And if you can - get the book:

Jay S (116)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 8:01 am
Thanks Bernard!

pam w (139)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 8:34 am
The September issue of "Mother Jones" has a fascinating article about LEAD in our air/water/homes/gasoline, etc, and what the impact on human bodies might be, contributing to ADHD, depression, violence, etc. Try to find it.

And consider a vegetarian diet....or, at the very least, eat meat once a week.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 11:20 am

Missy G (24)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 9:02 pm

. (7)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 9:04 pm
If countries ban US food products then maybe they'll smarten up and remove these toxins.

Beth S (330)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 10:34 pm
Thanks, Rob and Jay.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 11:38 pm
Very frightening. Thank God I stopped eating meat.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 1:00 am
Good reason And reasonable.Noted,thanks.

Natalie V (27)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 10:10 am

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 3:14 pm
Noted! The same thing happened when the last rash of mad cow came out in the US...Europe shut the doors right in our faces and rightfully so!!! If this country wants to label it unfair in trade markets, then they better get their act together and stop playing "Chinese Checkers" ( You know what I mean) with other countries! Just as we don't want crap coming in from China, other countries don't want our crap either!!!

Melania Padilla (122)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 7:32 pm
Thanks, good for them

Donna Hamilton (159)
Monday December 24, 2012, 6:48 am
Noted. Thanks, Rob and J.

Amy E (66)
Monday December 24, 2012, 8:50 am
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