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January 29, 2021 12:44 AM Subscribe
In 2008 Mexico refused a shipment of beef from the United States because its sampled copper content was too high to meet Mexican food safety standards. Regulators in the US could not prevent the beef from being re-sold to domestic distributors because the US does not have any limits on the copper content in food. A 2010 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General report concluded...
The 2010 reports stated that the USDA and its agencies and services depend on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set the standards. As of January 2021, FDA consumer web pages on “Metals and Your Food”, “Arsenic in Food and Dietary Supplements”, “Lead in Food, Foodwares, and Dietary Supplements”, and “Combination Metals Testing” do not mention any US limits on these heavy metals in meat.[the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the USDA] is unable to determine if meat has unacceptable levels of such potentially hazardous substances as copper and arsenic, does not test for pesticides EPA has determined to be of high risk, and does not employ the most efficient use of its limited laboratory resources or the most efficient ways of testing for harmful residues.and concluded that[a]part from the tolerance for arsenic in poultry, there are no established tolerances for heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, copper, or arsenic in meat.