Can you prove beta-agonists are not causing the meat to become unsafe for consumption?

All products used in food-animal production go through dozens of studies and must show they are safe for both the animal and humans before receiving approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the case of beta-agonists (beta agonists), hundreds of studies have been done by universities, pharmaceutical companies and reviewed by the FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Ractopamine, one beta-agonist used in cattle and pigs was approved by the FDA ten years ago (2003).

Zilpaterol, another beta-agonist used in cattle, was approved by the FDA in 2006 and has been used globally for over 17 years. The human food safety of meat from animals fed ractopamine has been affirmed by 28 regulatory bodies, including the international food standards body Codex Alimentarius Commission, which was created by the World Health Organization. 

USFRA Point of View

USFRA believes that farmers and ranchers and our partners utilize tools that help make the most of natural resources while keeping animals healthy and safe to produce a quality, nutritious and wholesome product for consumers. One example of this is the use of an animal feed ingredient called beta-... Read more