Nearly half of Australia’s cattle is treated with growth hormones. Is it safe to eat?

 

Donna Lu, The Guardian (UK)

5 Jun 2021

 

Australian beef could soon be sold in UK supermarkets under a trade deal to be finalised soon, but some are worried about the health implications

 

A potential increase in exports to the UK of Australian beef pumped with hormones has raised alarm food safety standards could be compromised.

 

In Australia, the use of veterinary drugs to make cattle grow bigger is widespread and deemed safe by regulatory bodies. But hormonal growth promotants have long been banned in Europe, and the UK government has pledged not to allow hormone-treated beef into British supermarkets.

 

It’s unclear if that ban will be upheld under a potential UK-Australia trade deal, including proposals for zero-tariff beef, which has some farmers and environmental groups worried.

 

So what are the effects of hormone treatment in cattle and is it safe to eat Australian beef? …

 

How widespread is hormone treatment? ...

 

Is it safe to eat? ...

 

What are the rules around hormone use? ...

 

Why is it banned in some places? ...

 

Environmental impacts ...

 

more, including links

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/jun/06/nearly-half-of-australias-cattle-is-treated-with-growth-hormones-is-it-safe-to-eat