Anabolic steroids in meat and premature telarche

Precocious sexual development in Puerto Rico, linked to DES, 1982


“Your editorial of March 27 on the use of anabolic steroids in the meat production was of great interest to us. We are very worried about this practice: it has been allowed by the World Health Organisation but the necessary controls will not be strictly enforced in many countries. In Puerto Rico products such as diethylstilboestrol (DES) and zeranol are sold over the counter without a veterinary prescription. We have been investigating this matter because of an alarming incidence of premature telarche in Puerto Rico.”



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