Written by Ben (S0)
It has been an exciting start to the new year - a 6.6 earthquake in Vanuatu and a solar uptick. Amidst the natural events, the new blog and other updates, it would be easy to forget about Reuters’ article, 'Special Report: Lost hooves, dead cattle before Merck halted Zilmax sales,' which was featured in January 1st, 2014’s morning news video.
"(Reuters) - The U.S. beef industry's dependence on the muscle-building drug Zilmax began unraveling here, on a sweltering summer day, in the dusty cattle pens outside a Tyson Foods Inc slaughterhouse in southeastern Washington state.
…The animals had lost their hooves, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture documents reviewed by Reuters...The next day, the hottest day of the month, two more animals with missing hooves arrived by truck. Again, the animals were destroyed, the documents show.
The animals' feet were 'basically coming apart,' said Keith Belk, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.
...In the weeks before the cattle were shipped to Tyson's slaughterhouse, outside the city limits of Pasco, all had been fed Merck & Co Inc's profit-enhancing animal feed additive, Zilmax..."