Government Screening Program Failing to Find Toxic Meat

Federal agencies have failed to set limits or adequately test for beef containing harmful pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and heavy metals. As a result, meat tainted with these toxins are being sold to the public.

According to an audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a program set up to test beef, “is not accomplishing its mission of monitoring the food supply for ... dangerous substances.”  The audit adds that potential health effects are a "growing concern."

Even when the inspection service does find meat with high levels of toxins, it often is powerless to stop the distribution.  There is no legal limit for many contaminants.

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