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Boycott Spanish Meat?

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Is it legal in Spain to administer Clen to your Farm Animals?
If not, shouldn't the Spanish FDA do some investigating as to how meat was tainted?

And how does the Spanish Meat Industry feel about Alberto's accusations?
I would guess the Meat Lobby is more powerful than the Cycling Lobby.
"How dare you insult our Meat, Mr Bang Bang sir"

Is it possible Alberto will have to take the blame in order to protect Meat Interests in Spain?

Also, plenty of Pro Cyclist hang out and eat in Spain.
Should they avoid ordering Meat?

Gosh, if I were using Clen as a PED I would toss a couple tainted steaks in the fridge for an alibi just in case lol.....
 
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I have no idea whether its legal or not, but from the presser:

"Contador said the beef was brought across the border from Spain to France by a Spanish cycling organizer, Jose Luis Lopez Cerron, during a Tour rest day and at the request of the team's chef. Cerron said earlier Thursday on Spanish radio that he was a friend of the chef, who had complained of poor quality meat at the hotel where the team was staying.

Lopez Cerron said he bought filet mignon for the team in the Spanish border town of Irun on his way to Pau, France."

I've been to Irun and the food was quite lovely! I fondly remember having a squid dish there that I'm certain had no Clem.

That said, did he pay cash? Maybe he can provide a receipt or we can see his credit card statement. Was he reimbursed? How did he pack the meat? Did he have a cooler with ice? Dry ice? Still have the cooler? Maybe we can test it.

The more I think about it, the thought of bringing meat from Spain is ridiculous. If I were a German reporter I'd be knocking on doors in Irun looking for the mysterious meat vendor.
 
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Polish said:
Is it legal in Spain to administer Clen to your Farm Animals?
If not, shouldn't the Spanish FDA do some investigating as to how meat was tainted?
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In the mid 90's there were some well publicized cases of contamination of meat from Spain. Contador's test turned up a small amount of clenbuterol, and he and his group are taking advantage of the background of those contamination episodes to present a defense that at least superficially is sufficiently plausible to get taken seriously.

By the way the 'FDA' is an institution peculiar to the US. You might be surpised by the low quality of food regulation in the US. I'd be more worried about recent widespread salmonella and E. coli contamination episodes, which actually killed people, than about a bit of steroids in the meat.
 
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It is highly unlikely that meat from Spain has clembuterol. That is a fact.

I have found a report of the incidence of clembuterol in Spain.http://bvs.isciii.es/mono/pdf/bes0101.pdf .

It is called:

Intoxicaciones por clenbuterol en España

G. Hernández Pezzi*, R. García Valriberas*, Isabel Mangas Gallardo*, F. Martínez Navarro*, J. Martín, O. Gonzalez.
*Centro Nacional de Epidemiología, Instituto de Salud Carlos III. Dirección General de Salud Pública y Consumo, Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo.

For those of you who do not speak Spanish, at least please check the figure showing the temporal evolution of cases in cattle: from more than 300 in 1992 to 0 in 1998 (The study is limited to the period 1988-2000, I am looking for the more recent report).

Clem is legally used with prescription as a medicine for cattle in certain cases, like everywhere else. If any farmer uses it ilegally exposes himself to very hard consequences. Traceability is working very well and is a serious issue, it would be stupid to risk your bussines and I find hard to believe that there is someone doing it.
 
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Polish said:
Gosh, if I were using Clen as a PED I would toss a couple tainted steaks in the fridge for an alibi just in case lol.....

:D That would hardly be the worst excuse I've heard from a pro.

Ney the Viking said:
Clen use in farm animals is illigal in all the European Union. So the short answer is no.

However reports about contaminations pop up now and then.

So what does Clen do for cows anyway (Sorry if this has been asked elsewhere).....? Is it a health benefit for them, does it make them go faster?
 
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Clenbuterol is prohibited in Europe for it's use in livestock. And for good reason.
Cheating with Clenbuterol has been used in Livestock shows. To beefen up the Animal with the potential reward of a high valued prize if one wins the auction. Clenbuterol has been associated with the acute poisoning of Human's who have consumed meat due to Clenbuterol fed animals. In 1990 in Spain Clenbuterol tainting of Livestock meat caused 135 people to be hospitalized. There was another incident in Spain in 1994, where 140 people suffered heart palpitations, breathing difficulty, shakes and headache.

At the U.S Olympic Swimming Trial's in 2008, Jessica Hardy tested positive for Clenbuterol. She subsequently served a one Year ban. Interestingly she also had claimed that she unknowingly took the substance by blaming a contaminated food supplement.
 

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I have thought about it and decided that Alberto should keep the OMERTA about the chemicals that are being used on Spanish livestock. Luckily he was not poisoned by melomine also.
 
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Polish said:
Is it legal in Spain to administer Clen to your Farm Animals?
If not, shouldn't the Spanish FDA do some investigating as to how meat was tainted?

And how does the Spanish Meat Industry feel about Alberto's accusations?
I would guess the Meat Lobby is more powerful than the Cycling Lobby.
"How dare you insult our Meat, Mr Bang Bang sir"

Is it possible Alberto will have to take the blame in order to protect Meat Interests in Spain?

Also, plenty of Pro Cyclist hang out and eat in Spain.
Should they avoid ordering Meat?

Gosh, if I were using Clen as a PED I would toss a couple tainted steaks in the fridge for an alibi just in case lol.....

If the beef industry tried to put the smack down on Oprah, imagine what they will do to Contador!
 
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online-rider said:
So what does Clen do for cows anyway (Sorry if this has been asked elsewhere).....? Is it a health benefit for them, does it make them go faster?


LOOOOL. Probably only used in bullfighting bull's
 
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auscyclefan94 said:
Did mosqueara and garcia also have some "bad cow"?

Well one thing is for sure they definitely will get, pardon the Pun " A cowHIDING"
from the Boys in the big seats at Headquarters. Ugh, they will be walking around with red butts instead of "Tanned" bum cheeks. They will just have to make sure that they don't get a " RAW " deal. And the next time Your at a Mart You just might see A bullock dressed in an Astana Cycling Kit !