Most U. S. beef cattle are implanted with synthetic hormones prior to slaughter. Hormones are used to stimulate growth in cattle. Just another obscene example of how America likes to “super size” everything at ALL costs. Because farmers are paid based on the weight of the animals they sell for slaughter, the use of hormones has been seen as a way to boost profits.
On January 1, 1989 the European Economic Community (EEC) placed a ban on hormone-treated U. S. meat, preventing U. S. meat products from being sold in any European nations. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has challenged the ban and accused the EEC of unfair trade practices, but the European government, under pressure from their consumers to consider human interests, considers this to be a permanent ban. Hmmn…listening to consumers? How refreshing!
Today Russia announced that it would stop importing all US meat and pork products on February 11, 2013 over concerns about the use of these cancer-causing additives as well.
More than a decade ago, Roy Hertz, then director of endocrinology at the National Cancer Institute and a leading authority on hormonal cancers, warned of the carcinogenic risks of estrogenic additives which can cause imbalances and increases in natural hormone levels. Hertz warned against the uncontrolled use of these potent carcinogens. Hertz reported that no dietary levels of hormones are safe and a dime-sized piece of meat contains-billions of molecules.
It looks like the rest of the world is taking action for healthier consumers while the US forges ahead assuring us that all is well. What is the FDA waiting for? Don’t answer that! I have a funny feeling it has a lot to do with money and healthcare.