Mexican Meat So Full Of Steroids That Athletes Fail Drug Tests

MeatWow – think twice before you eat that delicious taco/burrito/quesadilla south of the border. And one has to wonder if steroid and other drug use in farm animals is much better in the U.S. Tim Johnson reveals the ugly truth about the meat we eat, for McLatchy News via The Miami Herald:

CELAYA, Mexico — Positive drug tests for five standout members of Mexico’s national soccer team have forced Mexican officials to acknowledge a problem that goes far beyond sports: Much of Mexico’s beef is so tainted with the steroid clenbuterol that it sickens hundreds of people each year.

Use of the steroid is illegal. But it’s found a niche among ranchers, who marvel at the way it helps cattle build muscle mass before going to the slaughterhouse. The beef is pink and largely free of layers of fat, winning over unwitting consumers.

Ranchers call the powdery substance “miracle salts.” A few call it “cattle cocaine.”

Whatever name is used, the substance has unpleasant side effects for human beings. Last year, 297 people felt sick enough after eating tainted meat to visit hospital emergency rooms. Many more just endured the symptoms.

“It happened to me,” said Raúl Martínez, a third-generation butcher in this dairy and cattle region of central Mexico. “When I fell ill, my heart started to race, and I got the shakes.”

The use of clenbuterol and the subject of steroid-tainted meat surged into headlines in Mexico last week when Mexico’s Soccer Federation announced the positive tests for the five players…

[continues at McLatchy News via The Miami Herald]

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  • Mary Microgram

    Clenbuterol–close chemical cousin of Albuterol, the asthma medication in prescription inhalers.  Flonase:  also a “steroid”.  While this story is troubling, the steroids in meat can’t compare to the amount we pump into our own bodies via prescription medications.  Just imagine how much we piss out, flush down the shitter and dump into the environment every day.  Not so healthy.

  • Mary Microgram

    Clenbuterol–close chemical cousin of Albuterol, the asthma medication in prescription inhalers.  Flonase:  also a “steroid”.  While this story is troubling, the steroids in meat can’t compare to the amount we pump into our own bodies via prescription medications.  Just imagine how much we piss out, flush down the shitter and dump into the environment every day.  Not so healthy.

  • Anonymous

    Not that I don’t agree with what you’re saying, but you underestimate the significance of meat.

    https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=1GH2_urxX3VkhwUMDQTd4UzeuNVwG-WYlZgDBV4oJeZbo2aVRnRGTRRROMY5r&hl=en_US

  • Social_Parasite

    To quote Stan Smith of ‘American Dad’:

    “Mexico:  God’s blind spot.”

  • Anonymous

    To quote Stan Smith of ‘American Dad’:

    “Mexico:  God’s blind spot.”

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