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Dangerous Meat Additive Clenbuterol Is In The News Again
Chinese Olympians avoiding meat in order to avoid clenbuterol
Hundreds of Chinese athletes are swearing off meat to avoid accidentally consuming banned substances before the Games. Lucky for them the terrible food in London will be easy to ignore.
At least 196 Chinese water sports athletes training at the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing have been off domestic pork, lamb, and beef for more than 40 days according to the Yangtze Evening News. The athletes hope to prevent themselves from ingesting illegal doping agents such as Clenbuterol, a performance-enhancer designed to speed up muscle-building and fat-burning during the production of lean consumer meats. Chinese 2008 judo gold medalist Tong Wen tested positive for Clenbuterol in 2010, but was reinstated last February after winning an appeal.
In recent weeks, China’s news media have reported sales of pork adulterated with the drug clenbuterol, which can cause heart palpitations; pork sold as beef after it was soaked in borax, a detergent additive; rice contaminated with cadmium, a heavy metal discharged by smelters; arsenic-laced soy sauce; popcorn and mushrooms treated with fluorescent bleach; bean sprouts tainted with an animal antibiotic; and wine diluted with sugared water and chemicals.
Even eggs, seemingly sacrosanct in their shells, have turned out not to be eggs at all but man-made concoctions of chemicals, gelatin and paraffin. Instructions can be purchased online, the Chinese media reported.
Scandals are proliferating, in part, because producers operate in a cutthroat environment in which illegal additives are everywhere and cost-effective. Manufacturers calculate correctly that the odds of profiting from unsafe practices far exceed the odds of getting caught, experts say. China’s explosive growth has spawned nearly half a million food producers, the authorities say, and four-fifths of them employ 10 or fewer workers, making oversight difficult.
Perhaps the most famous attorney in the US, Clarence Darrow, atopped eating chickens after his mother beheaded and served his pet chicken. Later on he added baby animal lambs and calves to the animals he would not eat