Poisoned Meat Returned to Where it Comes from – the U.S!
By Hwaa Irfan
Not exactly a contribution towards healthier Russian-U.S. relations, Russia recently was left with no choice but to return contaminated U.S. meat. Rather than admit to exporting meat contaminated with ractopamine drugs, the U.S. typically turned into a trade war accusing the Russian Federal Agency for Agricultural Control of violating World Trade Organization rules under the Magnitsky Act.
Wandering what kind of meat the American public has been consuming, Ractopamine is used to reduce the fat content of beef and pork by making cattle and pigs grow unnaturally grow muscle fat instead of fat. Banned by over a 100 countries, ractopamine which sounds like a vermine repellent has been questioned in a European Food Safety Authority report which believes there is a credibility issue with US’ data, as U.S. findings are based on animal subjects. The EFSA also questions the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) standard of 1 microgram of Paylean ( a less toxic form of ractopamine) per person.
In pigs which are health hazards in themselves, ractopamine has been found to cause hyperactivity, muscle breakdown and a 10% mortality in pigs. The globalist Food and Agricultural Organization and World Health organization in their Toxicological Evaluation of Certain Veterinary Drug Residues in Food reviewed literature on the subject and found long term use of ractopamine causes tachycardia, vasodilation, skeletal muscle tremor, nervousness, hyperglycemia, and hypokalaemia, with acute cardiac problems being the main reaction in humans. However, 24 countries including Brazil, Canada and Mexico allow for the importation of what is effectively a poison for human consumption. Ironically, it is the Codex Alimentarius of the World Health Organization in July 2012, that allows for ractopamine in meat.
Russia is the fourth largest importer of U.S. meat and spends about $500 million a year on it. The Magnitsky Act voted in by the U.S. Congress in December 2012, and involves questionable fines and penalties on imposes visa and financial sanctions
Garina, A. “Russia throws poisonous meat back to US.” http://english.pravda.ru/business/companies/11-12-2012/123129-russia_usa_meat_imports-0/