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我哋快高長大梗係好啦, 但係我哋食嘅肉如果拉咗荷爾蒙就唔好啦. 大家睇吓財富雜志嘅報道. Big Beef keeps getting bigger, thanks to growth drugs with unclear safety records

我哋快高長大梗係好啦, 但係我哋食嘅肉如果拉咗荷爾蒙就唔好啦. 大家睇吓財富雜志嘅報道. Big Beef keeps getting bigger, thanks to growth drugs with unclear safety records

Big Beef keeps getting bigger, thanks to growth drugs with unclear safety records

When it comes to cattle, size certainly does matter. But how big is too big? And at what cost?

The beef industry has come to rely on growth-inducing drugs to bulk up cattle before slaughter. But the consequences of using such drugs are a concerning unknown. And in a major move away from one particular growth drug, feedlot operators are refusing to participate in a new, large-scale study of Zilmax, Merck’s branded growth promotant for cattle, NPR reported last month.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Cattle in holding pens at the Simplot feedlot located next to a slaughterhouse in Burbank, Washington on Dec. 26, 2013. Merck & Co Inc is testing lower dosages of its controversial cattle growth drug Zilmax drug in an effort to resume its sales to the $44 billion U.S. beef industry.

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For more than a year, a once-popular drug that makes cattle put on weight faster has been stuck in a kind of veterinary purgatory.

As far as the Food and Drug Administration is concerned, the drug, Zilmax, is legal to use. But large meat packers, which dominate the industry, have ostracized it after the drug was accused of making animals suffer. The drug's manufacturer, Merck, has been working on a plan to rehabilitate it. But that effort has stalled.

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How Much Are Antibiotics Used in Your Meat?

How Much Are Antibiotics Used in Your Meat?

Antibiotics in meat is no secret...but is the meat industry hiding what they are putting into our food?
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