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Mexico Finds Tainted Meat and Closes Slaughterhouse; Could Mean Exoneration for Athletes

KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 07:   Dairy cows graze in a field in the Cheshire countryside on August 7, 2007 in Knutsford, England. In a tense week the British farming community continue to work through the Foot and Mouth disease crisis. Further test results are due today that will determine the source of the outbreak. It has also been confirmed today that a second outbreak on a Surrey farm is gripped by the disease.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 07: Dairy cows graze in a field in the Cheshire countryside on August 7, 2007 in Knutsford, England. In a tense week the British farming community continue to work through the Foot and Mouth disease crisis. Further test results are due today that will determine the source of the outbreak. It has also been confirmed today that a second outbreak on a Surrey farm is gripped by the disease. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)  (2007 Getty Images)

Perhaps bringing a sigh of relief to Mexican Gold Cup players -- not to mention the cows at a Cuernavaca slaughterhouse -- the Mexican government has suspended the butchering of cattle after finding tainted meat.

The Mexican government made the move after finding many of the cows there tested positive for clenbuterol, the same anabolic agent five Mexican soccer players tested positive for last month.

The federal Health Department says 68 percent of the livestock at the slaughterhouse in Cuernavaca had the agent.

Clenbuterol is banned for use on animals in Mexico, where President Felipe Calderon has acknowledged it is used to bulk up livestock.

A Health Department statement Thursday says authorities seized 10 tons of contaminated meat at the slaughterhouse.

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The five Mexico soccer players tested positive for clenbuterol in pre-competition testing at the Gold Cup. Soccer officials blamed the results on contaminated meat.

This is based on a story by The Associated Press.

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