First “Pink Slime,” now Zilmax

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Just when you thought mass-produced beef couldn’t get less appetizing (remember the “pink slime” hamburger controversy?), along comes Zilmax, a new growth drug being fed to feedlot cattle across the country.  According to author Christopher Leonard, Zilmax was originally developed to treat asthma in humans.  In feedlot-raised cattle, it produces faster muscle growth…and more profits.  It’s FDA approved, but according to Leonard, it makes steak tougher, less flavorful and less juicy than beef from untreated cattle.  Beef McNuggets anyone?  Read the full article from the San Jose Mercury News, and a longer article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Comments on First “Pink Slime,” now Zilmax

February 24, 2013

Frank Cada @ 8:57 am #

Most consumers may not be aware of how feedlot cattle are fed and how that might effect our health. It seems there is always more to learn and the news is usually not good except for the short term costs. Cattle are fed unnatural food that would make them sick if it were not for the drugs they are given. I read the book Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. It describes industrial food production along with more natural food sources. When I can no longer hunt elk I will consider natural grass fed beef