U.S. Meat May Be Banned By EU
BRUSSELS, Belgium--An inspection team from the European Union (EU) has recommended a total ban on meat from the United States. A partial ban exists already for animals which have been tested with hormone-based drugs. On Feb. 15, EU agriculture ministers met to decide about the future of the ban.
The inspectors felt that the U.S. federal food inspection service had falsely certified the export of beef, pork and horse since May 1999. The team reported that Americans were unable to separate hormone-treated and untreated meat. There was also concern that some U.S. laboratories were unable to detect hormone traces in meat, and that some farmers used hormones without veterinary supervision and without following manufacturers' instructions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has disputed these recent allegations and criticisms.
EU agriculture ministers say they fear hormones which make animals grow faster may also damage children's immune systems.