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September 25, 2013 by NATASHA LONGO
A&W Burgers Bamboozle Customers With Deceptive Claims of Chemical-Free Beef


The latest rubbish coming out of fast food burger chain A&W, is that they use pure beef raised without any added hormones or steroids. Please don't be fooled by this pathetic attempt at gaining market share from the ever growing demographic of health conscious consumers. The implication here is that the meat is free of chemicals. While they may not use added hormones or steroids, they do use antibiotics, vaccines and medications making every cattle raised in these so-called natural environments as polluted as the next.


All fast food industries that serve beef fall under specific guiding programs which advocate so-called responsible actions in cattle handling and that includes vaccinations and antibiotics.

They mass medicate with one of many pharmaceuticals such as Draxxin and give several vaccinations including those for respiratory and other diseases. They also typically administer vaccines for Clostridium, Pasteurella, Mannheimia, Leptospira, along with other live virus vaccines containing heavy metals and other injectable toxins. In addition, they medicate with antibiotics at even the slightest hint of an infection.

By the time these poor cattle are ready to be slaughtered, their muscle tissue is saturated with a nice cocktail of chemical toxins then transferred to thousands of burger patties for A&W.

Livestock farms such as these have been the punching bag for antibiotic resistance in humans as they all contribute to the same problem. Farmers give these drugs to chickens, swine and beef cattle, claimed to prevent disease or make them grow faster. Critics say it's contributing to an epidemic of drug-resistant bacteria, not just on the farm, but among people, too.

ALL cattle ranchers, unless they are organic, typically proceed with the same methods and Spring Creek, Meyer Ranch and Teys Ranch, all used by A&W, are no exception and they will admit to it if you contact them. Their customer service representatives will always insist they only vaccinate, medicate or deliver antibiotics when medically necessary. Well duh...so do conventional ranchers so what makes you so different? You're still vaccinating and medicating regardless if the cattle are sick or not because these interventions are considered preventative, which contrary to the methods of organic ranchers, only make the animals more ill and diseased in the long term.

A&W's fancy marketing gimmicks "raised without any added hormones or steroids" are legally acceptable, but that's about it. These cattle still produce very toxic beef. Sure, they don't add any additional hormones or steroids but what about all of the other toxins that infest these cattle through vaccines, antibiotics and other medications? What about all the GMO grain they eat? What about the milk they drink as calves? Is that also free of hormones and steroids?

Do yourself a favor--if you really want hamburger meat, source it independently from a reputable organic farmer who you know for a fact has not routinely vaccinated and medicated his animals. Many organic ranchers also have very reputable practices in how they treat their cattle. They understand how cattle interact in socially complex ways, developing friendships over time and they foster these relationships. Their due diligence ensures mother-calf bonds are not separated until fully mature. They also allow their cattle to roam in natural habitats on fertile pastures with plenty of exercise and non-GMO sustenance.

If you eat meat, please be responsible in your consumer driven relationships, not only for the health of cattle, but your own.

Natasha Longo has a master's degree in nutrition and is a certified fitness and nutritional counselor. She has consulted on public health policy and procurement in Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England and Germany.


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