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Australian supermarket rejects pork with growth promoter

Coles supermarket in Australia has ordered its fresh pork suppliers to not use a chemical in pig feed called Paylean.

Paylean is a growth promoting additive fed to pigs for up to 4 weeks to increase lean meat production by up to 10%.The ban is only on fresh pork now, but will extend to all deli line products in 2014.

A Coles spokesman says they have no scientific evidence of human health concerns. "We never base any of our bans, like HGP in beef, on an issue around health.

"We base it on an issue around eating quality and also around customer requirements that meat is as natural as possible and if we can achieve that without it being an undue cost burden to suppliers then we'll certainly do that," the spokesperson said.

Loss of efficiency
The President of the Victorian Farmers Federation pork Committee says the ban will make pork production less efficient.John Bourke says he uses Paylean in the feed to save about AUS$5 per pig in the cost of finishing it for sale."We get our pigs to market faster and leaner, they use less feed, so it makes us more competitive."

He says Australian pig producers won't be able to compete with cheaper imports.

Product safety
Professor Frank Dunshea of the University of Melbourne has been working with Paylean for more than 20 years.He says Paylean fed over four weeks improves a pig's efficiency by up to 10%. He says Paylean is safe.

Australian Pork Limited says the pork industry has no choice but to give the customer, Coles, what it wants, even it leaves a bigger environmental footprint, by reducing efficiency in feed.

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    Noel Gauthier, president Nuvac life sciences Inc.

    Dear readers,
    I agree with the move that Coles supermarket has done by removing all pig meat that has received Paylean or any other implant. We has a Health company we promote the us of DFM fed animals thus avoiding to use products such as Paylean or any other chemical growth hormones. Dependant on strains of DFM used or specific concentration we have a lot of pig producers all over Canada and the USA that have discontinued Paylean and have achieved far better results with DFM. The following benefits have been seen in independant trials or in field trials which are: weight gain, reduction of anti-biotics, leaner pigs, reduction of ammonia in barns (up to 80%), reduction of solids (up to 80%),less fed for same weight animals as controls. We would be happy to share our scientific data with any of your readers.Many countries in your part of the world have banned growth hormones such as, Corea, Japan, China and I believe Russia will soon banned growth hormones also.
    Many thanks for allowin me to share this information with you.
    No�l Gauthier MBA.,Adm.A.

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    Shelden Hung

    For human health safe I suggest ban these chemical feed additives.

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    Hossan Md. Salim

    Dear Readers
    I do beleive all kinds of growth hormone, AGP and other chemical compounds are very harmful for human life. As for example, you can see many developing countries are not concern for quality livestock products and every time they want to increase their production. As a result, most of the people of these countries are ressistant to antibiotic and have lots of health problem like kidney and liver damage, cancer and other lifestyle diseases.Unfortunately, nobody think about it in the developing country. So, its time to stand against these growth promoting aditives use in the animal feed for the saftey of our next generation in the world.
    Hossan Md. Salim
    Monogastric nutritionst

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