Cancun, Q.R. – Five meat producers in the state of Quintana Roo have been recognized for their production of contaminant-free meats.
The recognition comes from the World Health Organization who have given statements on the causes of cancer from red meat and sausages. Chairman of Farming Protection of Quintana Roo, Albino Enriquez Martinez, says that five of the state’s livestock production farms are producing meat without using the substance, clenbuterol.
Enrique Martinez explained, “Five of Quintana Roo livestock producers recieved the first recognition in fattening cattle free of clenbuterol after being authenticated by the National Health Service, Food Safety and Quality (SENASA) in June. The committee is working to prevent substance use in fattening cattle that might be risky for human consumption.”
Clenbuterol is a growth-promoting drug in the β-agonist class of compounds. It is not licensed for use in China, the United States or the EU for food producing animals, but some countries have approved it for animals not used for food, and a few countries have approved it for therapeutic uses in food-producing animals.
In humans, clenbuterol is used in some countries for the treatment of asthma and other breathing disorders and is sometimes consumed by bodybuilders for its rapid fat burning abilities, however in livestock, it is referred to as an illegal growth promoter.
Clenbuterol is not an ingredient of any therapeutic drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and is now banned for IOC-tested athletes. In the US, administration of clenbuterol to any animal that could be used as food for human consumption is banned by the FDA.
Martinez added that at the local and regional levels, there are inspectors that prevent feeders from using these substances. In February 2012, the Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS) announced the closure of the municipal offices of Caucun and Chetumal when inspectors found traces of clenbuterol in slaughtered cattle.