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article imageDon't eat meat in Mexico or China, NFL players told

By Arthur Weinreb     May 5, 2016 in Sports
NFL players were warned meat in Mexico and China may contain clenbuterol, a banned substance in the NFL, and players who consume meat in those countries may test positive for performance-enhancing substances.
The warning was issued jointly by the NFL and the players' association (NFLPA) on Tuesday. It said eating a large quantity of meat in either country could result in players testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, leading to punitive measures being taken.
Duane Brown, an offensive tackle with the Houston Texans, tested positive for banned substances in 2010 and late last season he tested positive again. He was looking at a 10-game suspension for a subsequent offence. Brown denied taking any performance-enhancing drugs and appealed the decision.
During the Texans' bye week last November, Brown and his wife went to Mexico. He admitted to eating quite a bit of beef during the trip. After clenbuterol was found in his system, the NFLPA did some research on the substance. According to their findings, clentbuterol has been found in some meat in both Mexico and China.
Brown luckily kept receipts of the money he spent in Mexico. The receipts showed while in Mexico, he consumed 10 hamburgers and two steaks in Baja, California. Last month he was cleared by the league. He likely would have been banned for 10 games had he not had the receipts.
ESPN reports clenbuterol is a substance used to control asthma and weight-loss. In the U.S., the FDA has not approved its use in either medication or in animals raised for consumption.
Clenbuterol has been banned in China since 2002 but it is believed the substance is still being used to aid the growth of cattle. And in Mexico, CBS Sports reports the substance is widely used in cattle.
As CNN reports, football is not the only sport that bans clenbuterol. In 2011, five members of Mexico's national soccer team were banned from the Gold Cup after testing positive. And Alberto Contador, who won the 2010 Tour de France, was later stripped of his win after a positive test. These athletes all claimed the substance got into the systems because of meat they ate.
Ironically, Brown's Houston Texans are scheduled to play the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 21 in Mexico City. And talks are under way about playing an NFL game in China in 2018.
Having been warned about clenbuterol, the players have been told they are responsible for what they put in their bodies.
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