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Meaty Advice

Want to know what might be in your meat? Look no further than an article published this week by Consumer Reports.

After conducting an in-depth review and analysis of government drug residue testing, Consumer Reports concluded that not only could your meat contain drug residues, but that some of those residues may be from drugs that are strictly prohibited in food production. 

Andrew Gunther, executive director of A Greener World, told Consumer Reports:

“I’m floored by these results. These are potentially very dangerous drugs, appearing in more samples and at higher levels than I would have ever expected.”

Consumer Reports specifically called out these three drugs: ketamine, a hallucinogenic party drug and experimental antidepressant; phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory deemed too risky for human use; and chloramphenicol, a powerful antibiotic linked to potentially deadly anemia. All these drugs are prohibited in beef, poultry and pork consumed in the U.S. 

How do these and other drugs end up in meat sold to consumers? The article raises that question, along with questions about whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service is doing an adequate job of policing the meat industry and protecting consumers.

How do we think consumers can best protect themselves from unwanted exposure to drug residues in their meat? 

Look for producers who follow organicregenerative production practices that not only reject the use of drugs, including antibiotics, but also keep the environment clean and treat animals humanely.

Meanwhile, you'll want to read this in-depth article from Consumer Reports.

Read ‘Are Banned Drugs in Your Meat?’