Saturday, January 06, 2007

Beta-agonist and health implications

Now, here's all the more reason to stop eating meat for good, especially pork.

Seven more pig farms caught

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven more pig farms tested positive for the banned beta agonist, bringing the total number of farms found using the substance to 37.

The tests conducted by the Veterinary Services Department from Nov 28 to Dec 31, covered 97% of all pig farms nationwide.

MCA Agriculture & Agro Based Industry Bureau chairman Datuk Dr Lee Chong Meng said the tests were conducted in Malacca, Perak, Selangor, Penang and Pahang.

“Four new cases were found in Selangor, two in Penang and one in Pahang,” he said.

Dr Lee said the 30 farms, found to be using beta agonist and which had been placed under quarantine since Dec 19, had requested that the quarantine be lifted.

Source: The Star

What is Beta Agonist and it's implications on health?

Beta-Agonist To Be Classified As Prohibited Substance
The New Straits Times, April 29, 2000

Kuching (Sarawak) Malaysia - Beta-agonist, a classified poison used by pig breeders to produce leaner meat, will be listed as a prohibited substance in the Natural Resources and Environment (Control of Livestock Pollution) 1997 regulations. Breeders will face action from the Natural Resources and Environment Board if they use the substance.

Beta-agonist, a drug used to treat asthma patients, can cause irregular heart functions, muscle tremors, food poisoning, anxiety and headaches in humans if consumed in large amounts.

Source: here

1 comment:

L B said...

Sei lor!!! No more Muun chee yoke?!! No more Siew Yoke??!! Waaaa!!!! Cannot cannot! Must have Bakuteh!!