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USA: Consumer Reports finds lax oversight of animal feed, potential health risks in human food supply

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1 January 2005

Beef: Delays in mad cow protection [USA]

Author: Consumer Reports [USA]

...loopholes [in US regulations] still allowed certain risky feedstuffs to be fed to cattle and other ruminants...Even enforcement of the existing ban has been lax.

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1 January 2005

Chicken: Arsenic and antibiotics [USA]

Author: Consumer Reports [USA]

[The US Department of Agriculture's] researchers ruffled feathers in January 2004 when they reported in Environmental Health Perspectives that young chickens contain three to four times more arsenic than other poultry and meat. [Consumer Reports study found no arsenic in organic chicken or chicken from Foster Farms (Foster Poultry Farms); also refers to Bayer]

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1 January 2005

Seafood: Farmed vs. wild [USA]

Author: Consumer Reports [USA]

[The US Food & Drug Administration] is concerned, however, that some foreign fish and seafood producers are adding unapproved drugs to feed, leaving traces in food that could pose human health risks. [refers to testing of feed by EWOS Ltd., Nutreco]

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1 January 2005

You are what they eat [USA]

Author: Consumer Reports [USA]

Humans are at the top of the food chain. As a result, we're vulnerable to pathogens, drugs, and contaminants consumed by the animals we eat...Our investigation raises concerns that the federal government isn't doing enough to protect the feed supply and that as a result, the food we eat may not be as safe as it could be...

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