Friday, 15 February 2013

is your burger doped?

the structure of bute, it is no longer approved for human use, as it can cause severe adverse effects such as suppression of white blood cell production and aplastic anemia.
the horse meat scandal is getting a new twist every day...
now, they try to persuade us that this "bute" (phenylbutazone) is ok as long we have eaten few burgers...(they say we need to eat 500-600 burgers a day in order to face some risk!)...

"Dame Sally Davies, the UK's chief medical officer, said there was very little health risk. "The trace levels detected are very unlikely to have harmed any human, child or foetus." She suggested a person would have to eat more than 500 horsemeat burgers to get a harmful dose."

However, they tend to forget that for a drug that is NOT approved for human use, we SHOULD NOT the ADI/TDI approach!

This is a basic mistake that any 3rd or 4th year Chemistry and Medical student knows, so how do these "experts" ingore it? and why?

No bute is allowed in horsemeat for human consumption as there is no accepted safe level. In July 2012 the Veterinary Residues Committee (VRC), which advises the government, warned that it had "repeatedly expressed concern" about bute entering the food chain because it had the "potential for serious adverse effects in consumers".

The facts today:

1. eight horses slaughtered for food in the UK had tested positive

2. On Thursday, UK police arrested three men on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act as part of their investigation into the mis-selling of horsemeat as beef. Dyfed Powys police said they were being held at Aberystwyth police station following arrests at abattoirs in Wales and Yorkshire.

3. FSA chief executive Catherine Brown indicated that "there has been a significant amount of carcasses with bute in going into the food chain for some time".

  • In mid-January, Irish food inspectors announced they had found horsemeat in some burgers stocked by UK supermarket chains
  • Subsequently, up to 100% horsemeat found in several ranges of prepared frozen food in Britain, France and Sweden
  • Concerns that a drug used to treat horses, and which may be harmful to humans, could be in food chain
  • Meat traced from France through Cyprus and The Netherlands to Romanian abattoirs
  • Investigation suggests adulteration was not accidental but the work of a criminal conspiracy

p.s. it is not this story on horses with drugs that have entered illegally the food chain, that should make us think on our bad management practices of is a story about fish exposed to human drugs...

p.s.2. and some winners...

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