Cancer warning of US pork imports that will flood Britain under a trade deal – Experts say launching the pig antibiotic will reduce life-time risk for consumers
- In the United States, more than 60 million pigs are treated with the carbadox antibiotic every year
- The FDA warned of eating carbadox-treated pork and increased cancer risk
- But Phibro Animal Health, which produces the drug, still delivers the antibiotic
- Food safety experts in the US believe that this will "undoubtedly" be part of a trade agreement
Experts in America have warned the UK will be flooded with pork under a new trade agreement with the United States that may contain carcinogens.
In the United States, more than 60 million pigs are treated every year with the carbadox antibiotic, which is banned here, but is used in the United States to prevent disease and promote animal growth.
Four years ago, the United States government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that "the drug can leave traces of carcinogenic residues."
Britain is flooded with pork under a new trade agreement with the United States, which may contain carcinogenic substances, experts in America have warned (file photo)
It warned that eating Carbadox-treated pork increases the risk of cancer and added: "Removing the product from the market will reduce the lifetime risk for consumers."
But Phibro Animal Health, which makes the drug, still delivers the antibiotic and says it will prove that it is safe.
Food safety experts in the US believe that pork containing carbadox will "undoubtedly" be part of a trade agreement with the UK.
Steve Roach, director of food safety at the US Food Animal Concerns Trust, claimed that pork containing carbadox was mixed with pork that had not been treated with the substance, making it impossible to distinguish between the two.
He said: “We have seen erosion of animal welfare standards in America for years. What we saw at Carbadox is how these lower standards can harm consumers. You have to ask yourself why we add a carcinogen to the food we eat.
"Why should we want to give consumers pork that increases their risk of cancer?
More than 60 million pigs in the U.S. are treated every year with the Carbadox antibiotic, which is banned here but is used in the U.S. (file photo)
"I hate to say it, but if the UK buys pork from America, its consumers will undoubtedly buy products pumped with carbadox."
Mr. Roach said American farmers could use other antibiotics, but Carbadox does not require a veterinary prescription, which makes procurement much easier.
Larry Miller, Phibro Animal Health's chief operating officer, said, “New studies leave no doubt about the safety of Carbadox. The benefits in preventing suffering and diseases in animals are well documented.
“We believe that it is the sensible way to allow it to remain a treatment option. We are ready to work closely with the FDA and answer any questions. "
More than a million people have signed a petition launched by the National Farmers' Union and supported by The Mail on Sunday to demand that the government ensure that all food imports meet the same high standards as Made in the UK with laws banning products from abroad that would be illegal here.
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