Court Calls Beef ‘Contaminated,’ Lawson Can Jump Again

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There's an old legal aphorism that goes, "If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither on your side, pound the table."

American long jumper Jarrion Lawson, 25, must have been very good at pounding the table.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned Lawson’s four-year ban imposed on him after a 2018 positive doping test. The test found traces of anabolic steroids in his system, an obvious no-no for world class athletes.

According to an Associated Press report, Lawson’s defense revolved around the fact he ate a bowl of beef at a Japanese restaurant in Arkansas on June 2, 2018. He claimed, and the three-judge panel unanimously agreed, that the beef must have been the source of the hormones in Lawson’s system.

Whoa! One must wonder if Lawson also sold the judges a piece of the Brooklyn Bridge?

Worth noting was the judging panel included Richard McLaren, who led investigations into the Russian doping program. Trenbolone formed part of a steroid mixture, known as the “Duchess” cocktail, developed in Russia and used by its athletes ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

But any credibility of the three-judge panel gets washed away with their Lawson decision by saying the reasons traces of anabolic steroids were found in his sample “more likely than not that the origin of the prohibited substance was contaminated beef consumed in a restaurant the day before the test.”

Seriously? More likely than not, these three judges don’t have a nanogram of knowledge about hormones in beef – a nanogram being one-billionth of a gram, and the common measure of hormones in beef.

First, let’s just say that hormones are not a contaminant in beef, as all beef has hormones.

Second – and this is the incredulous part – there is no way the miniscule hormones in a bowl of beef could show up as an increase in Lawson’s system the next day.

Realizing this is a complex issue and that you might think this reporter more than a little biased towards beef, I turned to an expert for confirmation of my theory about Lawson pulling one over on the three-judge panel.

Mahesh N. Nair, Ph.D., assistant professor of meat science at Colorado State University’s Center for Meat Safety and Quality, says, “The chance of (Lawson) getting that (positive test) from beef is low… like zero to impossible.”

Nair says there have been many peer-reviewed studies showing that hormone levels in beef given implants for growth are found “in only really low quantities.” As in, nanograms. Beef produced from cattle given hormone implants contain 10 nanograms per pound. Compare that to  7 nanograms per pound in beef from non-implanted cattle. (Source: Penn State Meatblogger.)

Several years ago I heard a professor describe a nanogram as “one blade of grass in a football field.” That also seems like approximate odds Lawson’s positive test was the result of eating beef. But, hey, if you don’t have the facts or the law on your side…

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Comments
Submitted by Glenn Carpenter on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 07:38

Here is a table put together some years ago by Dr. Harlan Ritchie the late, great beef Extension Specialist at Michigan State University

Hormone Levels in Food Sources:
Food (3-Ounce Servings) Estrogen (in nanograms)
Soybean Oil 168,000,000
Milk 11
Potatoes 225
Peas 340
Ice Cream 520
Wheat Germ 3,400
Beef (no supplemental hormone) 1.3
Beef (with supplemental hormone) 1.9

Beef (with supplemental hormone) serving size equal to 1.5 tons (3000 pounds) to
equal the Estrogen amount in one human birth control pill

Submitted by bob on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 08:04

this all started with former tour de france champion Alberto Contador who tested positive for clenbuterol after eating beef brought from spain. Never mind there had not been a case of beef with clenbuterol in spain for decades. The farmers protested because the finding would have quaratined their beef according to the EU rules. But a funny thing happened, the Spanish farmers quickly shut up and the EU and other authorities pretended like there was no "contaminated beef" going against all safety protocols. Why it was almost like the beef was fine and just labeled as contaminated in the court of sport to give the champion an alibi. Putting aside the fact that clenbuterol is often used in Europe for weight loss and the rider had a brother who was a former pro rider. And that the positive test came on a rest day when riders used to get blood transfusions and that his brothers blood was most likely used in a transfusion to help the champion cheat. Sport has been bashing the food industry for decades to keep their dirty laundry clean.

Submitted by Michael Lyon on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 09:13

I’m curious as to what the “dose” of steroids athletes are using for performance enhancement. This would probably be the most important measure of proving or disproving the possibility of beef having an effect. For example if there are 10 nanograms in beef, but the dose for doping is in mg or grams, then obviously it’s is unlikely to impossible to be the cause. However, if the dose is in nanograms...then you need to question whether we are spinning this question. (I do and have always have been of the opinion that beef does not have anabolic/growth hormone effect. But, proper scientific debate is important!!!)