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    Default Are Banned Drugs in Your Meat?

    Rachel Rabkin Peachman
    August 29, 2018

    How did they get into food? What's known about the risks? And what can be done to keep these drugs off your plate?


    Ketamine, a hallucinogenic party drug and experimental antidepressant. Phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory deemed too risky for human use. Chloramphenicol, a powerful antibiotic linked to potentially deadly anemia.
    All these drugs are prohibited in beef, poultry, and pork consumed in the U.S. Yet government data obtained by Consumer Reports suggest that trace amounts of these and other banned or severely restricted drugs may appear in the U.S. meat supply more often than was previously known.

    Keep reading: https://www.consumerreports.org/food...-in-your-meat/
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    Great job, Consumer Reports!! Strangely enough, the CR report is all based on "government data," which CR acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request. The gov't had this data and did nothing to determine why these banned drugs were showing up in some meat products. Also, it was assuring to learn that government inspectors now have technology that can better detect these banned substances. Now, they just need to use the data to punish the bad actors.

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    I'll believe this when I see lab tests showing salmonella-free chicken and ractopamine-free pork.
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    Don't think we'll ever have totally salmonella-free chicken. There are over 2,000 different strains of salmonella bacteria. Some are unique to raw meat, while others infect leafy green veggies, nuts, spices, and fruits, like tomatoes. I remember McDonald's not using tomatoes due to a salmonella scare. The scary thing is it's probably prevalent in most gardens. Apparently, bird poop can contain salmonella bacteria. When birds poop in a garden, the garden can become contaminated. Yikes!!

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    And that's why, when you bring your bushels of apples to the cider press, they hose them down thoroughly before filling the boxes!
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    Given the prevalence of salmonella bacteria, it's a wonder there aren't more outbreaks. Apparently, we consume it all the time, but there are only a few strains that can really make you sick. Most people recover within a week or so if they do come down with it. Sadly, it appears there's no sure way for a consumer to know whether the food product is contaminated, which makes detection all the more critical. Even freezing raw contaminated meat does not kill all the salmonella.

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