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Comment #326338 on Underreported: Controversial Livestock Hormone

Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:06:27 -0500

Harriet, it's not an antibiotic, it's more akin to epinephrine - a stress hormone. Chris - as it's use within the US industry is endemic (probably around 80% of all pigs), I seriously doubt that the Costco woman is correct. It is highly likely that Costco meat, if produced in the US, has come from pigs fed ractopamine. When fed to pigs, they become hypaeractive, more difficult to handle, have increased heart rates and are more aggressive to other pigs. Fact. However, it does clear the system quickly and it is unlikely that any residue within the meat will have any effect on human health, at least at the levels present if fed correctly to the pigs.



Comment #326138 on Underreported: Controversial Livestock Hormone

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 07:49:47 -0500

to avoid eating meat is not the answer. any use of these destructive antibiotics hurts the host animals, the land where they are raised and humans. this practice needs to STOP. we are destroying the world and ourselves so that the chemical companies can make more money. it all boils down to greed not to eating meat.



Comment #326078 on Underreported: Controversial Livestock Hormone

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 16:35:41 -0500

I checked with Costco if the animals they get the meat from were treated with ractopamine hydrochloride. See below their response: Dear Christoph, We appreciate you taking the time to email Costco Wholesale. No. Thank you, Sue Costco Wholesale Corporation Note this message was submitted through the costco.com web site customer suggestion page on 01/27/2012 09:56:10 PST



Comment #325648 on Underreported: Controversial Livestock Hormone

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:35:47 -0500

God forbid we ever think about the animals, let alone the damage this crap does to us. thank you Supreme Court, I feel like you and the FDA are all asleep. We need to stop consuming so much meat and go back to regional producing they still get killed but not everyone can become a vegan completely. I wish I could. But I have cut way back on my meat consumption. I hope I see a day that we get rid of factory farming. But I doubt it. The world is heading the other way. It's always all about money.



Comment #325646 on Underreported: Controversial Livestock Hormone

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:29:16 -0500

Best solution: stop eating meat and animal by-products. Though more research needs to be done on this, animals who are chronically stressed or in pain often experience physiological changes by, for example, the release of corticosteroids. A meat consumer is likely consuming these stress hormones when they eat these unfortunate animals whose entire lives are lived under duress. The adding of drugs designed to alter the animals physically undoubtedly exacerbates this. Sadly, moneyed agribusiness lobbyists do not make it easy to pass or enforce legislation aimed at improving animal welfare.



Comment #325642 on Underreported: Controversial Livestock Hormone

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:20:46 -0500

What affect does it has on those who consume it, over the long term.