Thursday, April 15, 2010

Heavy Metal Meat

From CNN:

The U.S. government is not fully guarding against the contamination of meat by traces of antibiotics, pesticides or heavy metals, a new report warns.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s inspector general said federal agencies have failed to set limits on many potentially harmful chemical residues, which “has resulted in meat with these substances being distributed in commerce.”

When it comes to pesticide traces, only one type is tested for, according to the report. There are also no set limits for some heavy metals, like copper.

In 2008, Mexican authorities turned away an American shipment of beef, because it did not meet Mexico’s limits when tested for copper traces. But the very same rejected meat could be sold in the United States, since no limit has been set, the analysis says.

On second thought, I’ll have the salad.

HT to John Cole.