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Category: Articles

Is the U.S. FDA Really Protecting You?
By Cheri Tips
May 20, 2012


            In just a month or so, the National Health Federation (your voice for health freedom) will be speaking out at Codex (the World food governing body) upon your behalf concerning an issue that most of you have never heard of, the steroid, ractopamine.  Mainstream media does not report on it but the NHF takes this issue and your personal health very seriously and as your only voice at Codex will continue our ongoing efforts to protect your health at the Rome, Italy Codex meeting.

Ractopamine & Its Consequences to Your Health

            Ractopamine is a drug that is used as a food additive in pigs and cattle raised for their meat.  It is a steroid given to increase muscle fiber, the rate of weight gain, and to promote leanness in an animal before slaughter, all positives for the seller.  This veterinary drug, developed and owned by Eli Lilly’s Elanco Technology, takes nutrients away from fat production and pushes them instead into muscle, creating a leaner and more-valuable animal.  While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this drug for animal use in 2002, three years later it sent Elanco a warning letter accusing the company of withholding critical information that had led to approval.

            At least 100 countries (China, the European Union with its 27 member states and other countries) have prohibited the use of ractopamine as a leanness-enhancing agent.  In Taiwan, shipments of beef from the USA are reported to be rejected by the health authority, due to beef testing positive for ractopamine.  Still, the FDA and Health Canada – for some mysterious reason – are vigorously pushing ractopamine at Codex meetings contending that it is safe for human consumption!

            Do humans really need to be consuming more steroids in their meat products just for the benefit of commercial interests?  Studies and reviews conducted in other countries reveal significant health concerns about its use in both animals and humans. The NHF is aware of this travesty but most consumers are not.

The Federation vs Ractopamine (July 2011)

            High on the Federation’s list of priorities last year was to stop the ractopamine standard at Codex from being adopted and our president, Scott Tips (NHF’s Codex delegate) was ready to take on pro-ractopamine U.S. FDA, Health Canada, and others who wanted the issue that was nearing the final stages to pass. Representing the voice of the consumer, Scott argued strenuously against adoption of this standard which would permit billions of people to be exposed to a toxic veterinary drug in the meat that they consumed, pointing out that the science used for the standard was flawed.  Thanks to his perseverance, he was instrumental in helping stop the ractopamine standard from being adopted.  Pro-ractopamine forces lost this round but are most probably gearing up for round two this year in Rome.  So is the Federation.

Rome – July 2012

          The upcoming meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in Rome will see more action on the ractopamine standards issue.  The NHF will be the “voice of reason” on ractopamine, having to go up against its own U.S. FDA representatives, along with their partner in the issue, Health Canada, both siding with industry and against protecting consumer’s health.  Ironically, their basic mottos are to protect their consumers!  Now, you understand what really happens at Codex and why it is so important that the Federation have a voice there.

            At this crucial meeting, ractopamine will be at the final stage (Step 8) of Codex adoption. The U.S. FDA and Canada will continue to push their steroid-doped pigs and other slaughtered animal meat upon the rest of an unsuspecting World by allowing Codex standards that permitted residues of this drug to be in pork and other animal meats, all to be eaten by innocent consumers. As stated by Scott Tips in an earlier Codex report, Chinese scientists who opposed ractopamine, were refused visas to attend previous Codex Committee meetings on the ractopamine standards thereby allowing the issue to continue on to these final stages.  Trickery at its finest at Codex!

How American & Canadian Consumers Can Help

            Time is of the essence on this issue.  This battle for our health rights is not over.  It is up to the consumer to assist the Federation at Codex by speaking up now.  With our voice at the Rome Codex meeting and your voice in opposition to ractopamine-doped meat to your U.S. and Canadian representatives at Codex, we believe we can push pro-ractopamine forces into withdrawing and thereby eliminating this steroid from the U.S. and Canadian food supply in the future. 

            Protect yourself and your loved ones from being drugged by visiting the NHF homepage (www.thenhf.com) and at the top, click on the Ractopamine petition and let your voice be heard.  By the time the Federation gets to Rome in July, Health Canada and the U.S. FDA will have heard from hopefully, many thousands of you who refuse to be drugged like cattle via cattle. Please donate too so that our continued weight can be thrown against this dangerous contaminant.

          Codex continues to be a matter of concern and, at this stage, the NHF is a well-known, respected, and an active participant at many Codex meetings throughout the World.  Last year, NHF attended six separate Codex Commission and Committee meetings from China to Germany and many points in between.  With enough financial support from our members, NHF intends to continue this course this year.  Please consider joining the Federation in support so that we may continue protecting your health.

Cheri Tips has served as the National Health Federation Executive Director since 2003.