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Mexican athletes shying away from eating beef

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posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 03:01 PM
Very interesting news today that I think should be on the record here at ATS.

Thoughts ?


Mexicans athletes shying away eating from beef

13 minutes ago

Associated Press

(AP:MEXICO CITY) Some Mexican athletes competing in next month's Pan American Games are shying away from eating beef because they fear it may contain the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol.

Five Mexican soccer players tested positive for clenbuterol earlier this year, but the Mexico Football Federation cleared them, saying contaminated meat caused the positive tests. The World Anti-Doping Agency is appealing the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"We only eat chicken or fish," fencer Nataly Silva said Wednesday, speaking of the athletes' routine at the government-sponsored training center. "When we go out we don't eat meat, although we love tacos. When we ask for tacos, we ask for chicken."

Bernardo de la Garza, director of a national agency that handles sport and culture, recently asked athletes not to eat beef.

And Carlos Andrade Garin, president of the Pan American Games organizing committee, has guaranteed that meat will be safe to eat in the athletes' village.

"It is normal after what has happened that people are worried," sprinter Jorge Alonzo said. "I no longer eat meat to avoid giving a positive test. The authorities can do everything possible, but what if you go around the corner and eat a taco and you test positive? Everyone has to take care of themselves."

The Pan American Games open Oct. 14 with 6,800 athletes competing in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has acknowledged that contamination with clenbuterol is a problem in the country, where it is used to bulk up livestock.

The Mexico case is WADA's second high-profile challenge to a legal defense of eating tainted meat.

WADA and the International Cycling Union appealed to CAS after 2010 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador blamed contaminated steak for his positive clenbuterol test and was exonerated by the Spanish cycling federation. That case is scheduled to be heard later this year.
edit on 8-9-2011 by galdur because: typo in header

posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 03:08 PM
reply to post by galdur

Very interesting. If only we could all go back to eating things the way they were meant to be eaten without having steroids or chemicals put into our food supply. Now a days you have to be careful what you put into your body since they won't even put labels on GMO foods.

posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 03:14 PM
Makes sense. Five Mexican soccer players were banned from the Gold Cup(soccer competition held in US during June), because of contaminated beef, which had them test positive for clen. Now, does that mean there's a conspiracy here? Hardly. Don't drink the water down there either!

posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 03:22 PM
I quit eating beef a year ago simply cause it just isnt good for you. No surprise with the
chemical additive though, and it is mexico, they lack general standards anyway.

posted on Sep, 8 2011 @ 03:37 PM
reply to post by MysticPearl

I don´t know that it´s a conspiracy per se, but if all this growth-enhancing stuff that is added to animal feed harms human health then that calls for drug use and health care. All of this is huge business. So, there could be a business agenda.

Is cattle still being fed chicken waste in the US ? Chicken is a chemical nightmare, as far as I know. Also, on account of their inefficient digestion they were and probably still are being fed their own s###. As a matter of fact the famous chicken spice was specially designed to mask the s##### flavor of the meat.

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