Your Steak Is Addicted to Drugs
Meatpacking giant Tyson recently grabbed headlines when it announced it would no longer buy and slaughter cows treated with a growth-enhancing drug called Zilmax, made by pharma behemoth Merck. Tyson made the move based on „animal well-being“ concerns, it told its cattle suppliers in a letter, adding that „there have been recent instances of cattle delivered for processing that have difficulty walking or are unable to move.“ According to The Wall Street journal, Zilmax (active ingredient: zilpaterol hydrochloride) and similar growth promotors are banned in the European Union, China, and Russia.
The news sent shock waves through the beef industry. Merck denied any problems with its drug, but announced it would temporarily suspend sales of…
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