The truth about Australian beef: how some steaks, minced meat and sausages are infected with CANCER-causing chemicals before being sold in supermarkets
- Consumers can eat beef that contains levels of carcinogenic chemicals
- Farmers reportedly receive the wrong information about exposure of livestock
- Supermarkets and butchers could then subconsciously buy bad beef
- The chemicals enter the meat of cows that graze on contaminated land
Australian consumers can eat unwanted beef that contains dangerously high levels of carcinogenic chemicals.
New South Wales cattle farmer Alastair McLaren is convinced that others in the industry sell cows to butchers and supermarkets exposed to toxins throughout the land on which they graze.
He believes that farmers have received incorrect information about the supply of livestock used as food, 9News reported.
McLaren’s own herd of cows were exposed to high levels of PFAS, PFOS and PFOA by the ground on his farm in Richmond in western Sydney, near the Royal Australian Air Force base.
The chemicals have been associated in the past with an increased risk of cancer in animals, but there is still insufficient information to confirm whether this risk is being transmitted to humans.
Australian consumers can eat unwanted beef that contains dangerously high levels of carcinogenic chemicals
The chemicals were also previously used in fire retardants.
He said that some store owners may not even know that the beef delivered contains harmful chemicals that have previously been associated with cancer.
“They are unsuspecting victims in all this, just like everyone else,” he said.
“Consumers need to be more aware, so they have to ask questions where their beef comes from.”
In his case, Mr. McLaren received advice from the Department of Primary Industries to change the water supply for his herd.
New South Wales farmer Alastair McLaren is convinced that others in the industry are selling cows exposed to toxins throughout the land on which they graze
He was told that switching to a new supply of uncontaminated city water would lower their PFAS values within 165 days.
He exchanged half of his cattle.
The other half was sent to a farm where the land and soil were known to be clean and free from contamination.
The first half, following the advice of regulators, saw no improvement in the quality of their meat.
The percentage of toxins even continued to rise.
Meanwhile, the cows that had been sent away began to return steadily to normal levels.
WHAT ARE PFAS?
PFAS – also known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances – are types of chemicals that have been used in the past to manufacture non-stick pans, furniture and stain protectors.
They have also been associated with fire-fighting foam.
The chemicals have contaminated some soils throughout Australia. Research into exactly where, when and how is still going on.
In regions where the chemicals have landed, they have made their way into the soil and groundwater and have been associated with adverse health effects, particularly in animals.
Although there is no conclusive link with human cancer, there is a peak in negative animal responses.
Studies suggest that animals that have been exposed to PFAS for a long time are more likely to develop cancer.
Source: Australian Health Protection Principal Committee
The meat was contaminated because cows grazed on land and water that had been sprayed with the chemicals
Some store owners may not even know that the beef delivered contains harmful chemicals that have previously been associated with cancer
As the bills went up, the McLaren’s were forced to sell their cattle to stay afloat.
A letter from 9News from Australian registered cattle farmers to the Prime Minister’s office explained that farmers had been told that they could sell the cattle but not consume it.
“There is a serious potential threat to the Australian beef sector if it becomes known that animals with a high PFOS and PFOA level may enter the domestic and export markets for beef,” the letter warned.
American scientists confirmed that the toxins were associated with two cancers in Ohio and West Virginia, despite the fact that the Australian federal health service ensured that there was no connection.
The McLaren’s were forced to sell their herd of cattle to pay their rising bills