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China Halts Beef Shipments From JBS Plant In Colorado Over Feed Additive Drug Banned In 160 Countries

China Halts Beef Shipments From JBS Plant In Colorado Over Feed Additive Drug Banned In 160 Countries Beijing has halted US beef imports from JBS SA’s meat processing plant in Greeley, Colorado, after detecting traces of ractopamine in the beef intended for China. Brazil-based JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, wrote in a statement, “We’re working diligently with US and Chinese authorities to resolve the situation as soon as possible.” Bloomberg said JBS’ Greeley location is the only US meat processing plant affected by the Beijing import suspension. The suspension notice was first posted on the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website.  In recent months, major food safety, environmental, and animal rights groups, including the Center for Food Safety, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and others, have filed a lawsuit in federal court. They claim that the Food & Drug Administration has been turning a blind eye to requests for a review for ractopamine. This controversial drug has been banned not only in the European Union, Russia, and China but also in over 160 countries worldwide.  The lawsuit cites a study of ractopamine’s impacts on human health. The study was discontinued because low doses administered to patients increased heart rate significantly. Farmers use the drug to promote muscle growth in pigs, turkeys, and cows.  In 1999, ractopamine for farm animals was approved by the FDA. By 2009, the EU banned the drug after finding data that did not support a conclusion that the drug was safe.  “The move from China is a blow to JBS beef operations in the US at a time when scarce cattle supplies have sent costs surging and eroded beef producers’ profits,” Bloomberg added.  It’s time more Americans understood the chemicals the food industry complex puts in food and how they can lead to diseases. But

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Ukraine Targets Radars That Are Part Of Russia’s Nuclear Warning System

Ukraine Targets Radars That Are Part Of Russia’s Nuclear Warning System Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com, A Ukrainian intelligence source told Reuters that a Ukrainian drone targeted a radar deep inside Russian territory that’s part of Russia’s early-warning system to detect nuclear missiles. The incident marks the second time within a week that Ukrainian officials reported attacks on a Russian nuclear warning system, known as “Voronezh M” radars. The source said that the strike targeted a radar near the city of Orsk in Russia’s Orenburg Oblast, which is over 900 miles away from Ukrainian territory. The source didn’t say if there was any damage, and Russian media reported a drone was downed in the Orenburg region and that no civilian infrastructure was hit. Via Telegram: an initial May 22 drone strike on the Russian missile early warning radar system, Voronezh-DM, near the village of Glubokiy in the Krasnodar region. On May 22, a Ukrainian drone targeted a Voronezh M radar in Russia’s Krasnodar Oblast at a radar station about 300 miles from Ukrainian-controlled territory. The US-state-funded RFE/RL reported there was damage to the radar site, citing satellite images, although Reuters said it could not verify the imagery. While the Russian radars can track missiles fired by Ukraine, the primary function of the early-warning system is to detect intercontinental ballistic missiles to determine if Russia is coming under a nuclear attack. Ukraine’s targeting of the systems could lead to a major response from Russia or potentially a miscalculation as the attacks come at a time of unprecedented nuclear tensions between Washington and Moscow. The Telegraph reported that the attack on the radar in Krasnodar “sparked alarm” in the west. The report quoted Thord Are Iversen, a Norwegian military analyst, who said it was “not a particularly good idea…, especially in times of tension” and that it was “in everyone’s best interest

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