FDA Finds Illegal Drugs In Meat Destined For Human Consumption

InjectingCowWithAntibiotic2As if saturated fat, animal protein, environmental pollutants (POPs such as pesticides that bioaccumulate), and of course, animal welfare, weren’t enough to consider when choosing to eat meat, it now looks like drugs are an issue:

FDA Warning Letters: Drug Residues Top List of Problems at Food Firms, Food Safety News, 24 November 2014

Illegal drug residues in dairy cows slaughtered for meat were the main problem cited in recent warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to firms found in violation of regulations stipulated by the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Drugs included antibiotics and anti-inflammatories:

FDA wrote to El-Vi Farms of Newark, NY, notifying the firm that samples of uncooked edible kidney tissue from a cow it sold for slaughter as food contained 4.16 parts per million (ppm) of ceftiofur, an animal antibiotic. This level was more than ten times the acceptable limit of .4 parts per million for this drug in edible kidneys.

Reuben R. Zimmerman, owner of his company bearing the same name, was warned that a cow sold for slaughter from his dairy facility contained .63 ppm of penicillin in its edible kidney tissue (the acceptable limit is .05 ppm), 1.3 ppm of the anti-inflammatory flunixin in its liver tissue, where the limit of the drug is .125 ppm, and .0293 ppm of flunixin in the muscle tissue, which can’t contain more than .025 ppm.

Not just a little over, but more than 10 times the limit for several of these drugs.

I have two questions. One – are these exceptions? Two – If they aren’t exceptions, what does it do to the body of a human who eats these drugged animals regularly? We already know that chronic use of anti-inflammatory drugs (like Advil) increase the risk for a heart attack.

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