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Inside The Beef Industry's Battle Over Growth-Promotion Drugs

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Inside The Beef Industry's Battle Over Growth-Promotion Drugs

When the drug company Merck Animal Health announced plans to suspend sales of its Zilmax feed additive last week, many observers were shocked. Yet concern about Zilmax and the class of growth-promotion drugs called beta agonists has been building for some time. In an interesting twist, the decisive pressure on Zilmax did not come from animal welfare groups or government regulators: It emerged from within the beef industry itself, and from academic experts who have long worked as consultants to the industry. Among them is Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a world-renowned expert...

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

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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. Ross Courtney/Reuters/Landov 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...

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