You might, too, whether you like it or not if you live in the good ol’ US of A. Here’s a tidbit from the Center for Food Safety on this little-known extra we get with our Thanksgiving and Christmas birds.
I’m going to “Grandma’s Farm” on the other side of the valley to get a home grown goose where I can choose my own side, thank you very much.
If you feel so guided, you can add your voice to the mandate to stop this dangerous practice.
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You may be getting an extra side dish with your Thanksgiving turkey that you didn’t bargain for: a risky drug called ractopamine.
Ractopamine is a growth enhancing drug that’s added to turkey feed—as well as the feed of pigs and cattle—to increase their muscle mass – making big turkeys even bigger for your holiday table. But when it comes to your health, bigger isn’t necessarily better.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed widespread use of ractopamine in turkey feed since its approval in 2008 without conducting comprehensive scientific studies that document the risks of ractopamine to human and animal health.
That’s why Center for Food Safety, the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approving ractopamine for use in turkey feed without fully examining how the drug affects people, animals and the environment.
Ractopamine raises significant food safety and animal welfare concerns. Ractopamine mimics stress hormones causing the turkeys, pigs and cattle that eat it to convert feed to muscle more quickly. It is connected to “downed” animals, muscular tremors, cardiovascular dysfunction and increased aggressive behavior in animals.
While human health studies on ractopamine are limited, those that exist raise serious concerns. The drug’s primary human health study, conducted on just six healthy men, caused heart pounding in three of the men so severe that one of them had to be withdrawn from the study.
That is bad news for consumers since both USDA and Consumer Reports have found residues of ractopamine in meat samples. That’s because there’s no mandatory withdrawal period for the drug – ractopamine can be fed to turkeys right up until the day they are slaughtered!
Unlike the U.S., dozens of countries, including the 27 members of the European Union, China, and Taiwan, ban or strictly limit the use of ractopamine. Yet the U.S. continues to approve ractopamine and drugs like it at a break-neck pace.