Is there definitive evidence that Phenylbutazone causes cancer in Humans?

Posted: February 14, 2013 in Environment, Health, Opinions, Political, Uncategorized
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skeletal-debate“Horse meat scandal: cancer causing horse drug has entered food chain, minister announces” By 

Dominiczak provides no evidence in his article to corroborate the sensationalist headline  that Phenylbutazone causes cancer. And for me, if he [Dominiczak] was writing responsibly, to do so would have made for more informed reading.

Whilst I do not particularly like using Wikipedia, here is what they have to say on the potential carcinogenicity of Phenylbutazone.

Prof Alastair Hay, Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Leeds, said:

“According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), phenylbutazone is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity.  There is no convincing evidence of its carcinogenicity in humans because in the individuals studied many other drugs had also been taken and any one of these might have caused the cancers seen.  And there is no animal evidence either that it is a carcinogen.

“The reason the chemical is not for human consumption appears to be rare and idiosyncratic responses in humans to the chemical.  These include aplastic anaemia and some other disorders of the bone marrow.  But these are not cancer events.”

Prof Hay has also provided a research paper for background.  It refers to the identifiable drug in horsemeat and the need to have proper screening processes in place to pick up the drug. (JANUARY 24, 2013)”

And for you more technically minded there is “The Carcinogenic Potency Project“.

I would think twice about eating 500 horse burgers in one sitting, as the figure suggested to increase the risk to the side effects of Bute; but I would still eat horse meat if prepared properly.

Will there ever be a time when reporters stop acting irresponsibly with unsupported sensationalist headlines?


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