Hormone mafia in firing line

EARLIER this month, Belgium was among the 14 EU member states which endorsed and strengthened the existing ban on the use of beef hormones at the risk of widening the row with the US over the export of hormone-treated meat to the Union.

The Belgian agriculture minister’s support for the move came as no great surprise, however, as the country of the ‘bleu-blanc-belge’ and ‘Ardennes ham’ lies at the heart of a huge and scary international traffic in hormones organised by one of the most brutal global crime syndicates from which it firmly wants to break free.

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