Mexican Beef imported in the US No Longer Safe because of Drug War !!!
Posted in the Savannah Forum
#1 May 24, 2011
We need to boycott Wal-Mart's meat department and any other grocery store's meat market that sells beef imported from Mexico... to include refusing to buy beef products from Texas now that Mexican beef on the hoof is being transferred sold into Texas to be butchered.
#2 May 24, 2011
LAREDO, Texas (AP)-- Wearing a grey-felt cowboy hat, long-sleeve ivory-colored shirt and freshly laundered jeans, Dr. Arnoldo Gutierrez begins his daily rounds by walking into a dusty pen baking in the South Texas heat.
"Hey, hey! Let's go!" he hollers. "C'mon, Whitey. Come here, Red."
Gutierrez's "patients," addressed by their color, are more than 100 head of nervous cattle freed from a truck that just arrived from Mexico, crossing the international bridge over the Rio Grande at Laredo.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarian is looking for obvious signs of lameness, open wounds, appropriate castration and parasites carrying potentially deadly disease.
For years, these inspections have been conducted before cattle cross the border, but the war raging among drug cartels in Mexico has prompted the U.S. to move some of its operations north.
The change, instituted over the past year at three of the 11 ports along the U.S.-Mexico border, is drawing concern from some cattle raisers, who fear infections long eradicated in the U.S. but still showing up in Mexico will spread before inspection.
Federal authorities say the cartel violence necessitated the change, and they have implemented safeguards to ensure that rejected cattle reaching the U.S. won't prompt any outbreaks.
"I think it's fair to say that the facilities located in Mexico presented a wide variety of risks and threats, and our employees did not feel safe going to those facilities every day," said U.S. Agriculture Department spokeswoman Lyndsay Cole.
The drug war has killed more than 34,600 people in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon announced a major offensive against traffickers when he took office in December 2006. Some American civilians and U.S. authorities have been victims of the violence, including a federal immigration agent killed in a roadside ambush in February along a Mexican highway.
Fearing this violence could reach some of their inspection sites farther inside Mexico, U.S. authorities chose to move inspections to the Texas ports at Pharr, Laredo and Eagle Pass. The sites' Mexican inspection counterparts - outside Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo and Piedras Negras - were about 20 miles away from the border, while the other eight inspection sites are near or at border crossings.
The change is supposed to be temporary, although there are no immediate plans for the American inspectors to return to Mexico.
Meanwhile, Gutierrez, who lives 500 miles to the north in Aspermont, has been spending a week each month as part of a rotating team of veterinarians at the Laredo inspection station until someone is permanently assigned. Any cattle he rejects is placed in a sealed truck and returned to Mexico, followed by a USDA person to make sure it leaves the country.
"We have many protocols in place to ensure that the temporary facilities inside the U.S. continue to provide the same level of protection against diseases as the facilities in Mexico did," USDA Under Secretary Edward Avalos said.
USDA figures show an average 955,000 cattle and calves were imported from Mexico annually the past three years. Texas last year accounted for more than half the total - 511,719 feeder steers and spayed heifers, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Discovery of just one feared parasite known as the fever tick outside a traditional border-wide quarantine zone in Texas from Brownsville to Del Rio could cost the multi-billion-dollar Texas cattle industry an estimated $123 million the first year alone, a 2010 study by the Texas A&M University Agricultural and Food Policy Center estimates.
#3 May 24, 2011
The ticks cause what's known as Texas Cattle Fever, which results in slow or low growth, reduced reproduction ability and death. In the past, the illness has spread among cattle beyond Texas and into parts of the Midwest, East Coast and even California.
Any infestation that reaches American herds would require an expensive process in which animals are walked through a pesticide bath like one the Mexican cattle are immersed in at the Laredo inspection station before they head to U.S. feedlots. A rancher with infected cattle would have to dip his entire herd from the pasture where the infected animal grazed - a process repeated every two weeks for nine months - at a cost of at least $150 per head.
#4 May 24, 2011
All that is lost money," said Ty Keeling, a rancher from Pleasanton, about a half-hour drive south of San Antonio.
Keeling, 30, gets his cattle from Mexico but no longer travels there for safety reasons. He understands why the inspections were being moved to Texas but fears state and federal budget cuts could lead to reduced inspections.
"It's a national issue if not controlled at the border," Keeling said. "If you had an outbreak that covered the whole southern part of the United States, that would eliminate a lot of cattle numbers - and drive up the price of beef."
At the Laredo site, Gutierrez's inspection includes scratching each animal's hide to check for a tick infestation, a seemingly innocuous exercise that turns dicey as he sticks his arm between the steel bars of a narrow chute to get his hand on a clearly unhappy steer.
If the animal bucks, the doctor's arm could be snapped between the bars and the animal. A quick move by the steer means Gutierrez must be quicker to jerk his arm back out of harm's way.
"I've just been lucky," he said of avoiding injury. "It's not a question of if, but when."
Before shipment to the United States, animals are scrutinized by Mexican authorities, who mark the truck with a numbered seal that's matched to paperwork accompanying the animals once they reach the Laredo inspection, Avalos said.
On this day, it's apparent the animals have been seen by the Mexican agricultural inspectors, Gutierrez said. Only one is returned, for a faulty castration.
"This cattle is coming in pretty clean," said Gutierrez, his shirt and hat now spotted with cattle excretions. "They do the best they can."
#5 May 24, 2011
Good freakin' luck!!!! The brain dead WalMartians will continue to waddle to the shopping mecca in search of Chinese made goods made with child and slave labor painted with lead paint and set to poison us little at a time. They will buy Chinese and other Asian fish raised in sewage lagoons ( human sewage). They will be buying foreign beef from South of the border shot full of growth hormones that have not had time to neutralize. And while they are at it, they pick out friuts and vegatables from mystery sources south of the border also fertilized with $%#$. Yum Yum!!!
#6 Oct 16, 2013
The Cattle that you feed in the states (heifers) 20% came from mexico. what is your surprise. you been eaten cattle from mexico for many years and to be honest with less hormones less antibiotic, less anabolics than the cattle that you race and feed in the states. how people is so ignorant. why you Americans think you are the best in the beef industry, you are way behind from Brasil, southern Africa , and some other country's. but you dont travel. you only watch discovery Chanel and you think you know everything. any way 95% of you only eat hamburger meet.not the good beef.
#7 Oct 16, 2013
Smart people don't eat ANY ground beef without cremating it. Grinding production beef traps any surface germs and bacteria deep into the meat and is hard to cook to a point of safety. On the other hand, full cuts as in steaks can be easily cleaned of the bacteria by grilling at a high surface temp. A problem still remains that there is little to no regulation of growth hormones in imported beef. The cattle are enhanced and processed before they have time to work off the growth stimulators and it shows up in upper class people eating high beef diets having earlier developed children with bodies beyond their ages. That beef comes to our shores too. Yum,Yum! So you switch to chicken? Today's chicken industry is using the renderings from the chicken processing to send back to the chicken food providers to form binding agents for the feed source. Each generation of chickens is eating their previous ancestors. Now if you are old enough to remember the MAD COW DISEASE, that's exactly what they determined as the source of that problem; feeding each generation to the next. Yum.Yum! NOW, if that don't make you ill, Americans turn their backs on American fish products for imported products that are raised in HUMAN SEWAGE LAGOONS. Yum, ugh,barf! Wake up normal people,( Walmartians need not to pay attention). Ya'll have a good dinner now, ya hear?
#9 Oct 16, 2013
the stuff about walmart is not true. only the best of the best is sold at walmart.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
#10 Jan 8, 2014
!THANK YOU! I am an American who has lived in Mexico for 10 years and many other places all over the world (some of us do travel & speak other languages) Thank god we can get Mexican & South American meat of any kind here. If Americans knew what else is being put in their beef & other meats, they'd think twice about having another bite. Food here in general is quite superior to the states - beautiful fresh fruits & vegetables, unprocessed cane sugar & tasty meat that reminds me of how it "used to taste" when I was a child on the farm in Iowa. In the 50s & 60s, we bought our meat from our neighbors who killed the animals on their on farms & we grew most of the rest of our food. The quality of food at that time in the US was simply wonderful - if you lived on a farm.
When I moved to a large city in 1978, I was horrified at the quality of everything that was being sold and passed off as "food." It is a very sad state of affairs and when I see US news and see nothing but obese people.
To the poster here; please be fair in your opinion of Americans. I totally understand how you must feel as I have seen so many of them act in a very ugly way in other countries. It embarrasses me. However, some of us have traveled the world with our work & have lived in many different cultures that we have learned a lot from. You may not have met this kind of American before & it's no small wonder. I have met many people in other countries, including S.America that I felt were a bit provincial & just as backward as many Americans but since I was a "guest" in their country, I knew who to act civilized as any guest "should" act in another country.
Having lived many places, I know for a fact that the US "does not have the best of everything." That doesn't bother this US born person in the least. Let us all have an open mind. And by the way Americans, I feel safer here than I ever did in the states. You are being fed a lot of nonsense about Mexico on your news stations. Yes, there are problems at the border, most of it about drugs & guns. If the US government prevented all of their banks from laundering all of that drug money, many of these problems would go away.
#11 Nov 25, 2016
Keep drinking that Walmart kool-aid not-so-wiseowl!
Add your comments below
|Civil War relics found in local cave (Oct '14)||45 min||Vladimir Pootin||10|
|A Matlock||46 min||Citizen||2|
|Mothers who smoke weed||2 hr||Dr Pill||2|
|Michael roach||19 hr||Just curious over...||3|
|Snitches in savannah||Mon||Boyly Boy||13|
|OUTRAGE Over Out Of Town Cop Being Chief Of Police (Oct '14)||Mon||Richard Pooty||111|
Find what you want!
Search Savannah Forum Now
Copyright © 2017 Topix LLC