What options do I have if I prefer to choose meat from animals that have not been given beta-agonist?
Consumers have the right to make choices on what type of meat they buy at the grocery store. If they want meat that has been raised without beta-agonists they can choose USDA certified organic, which means the animal was not raised with any growth-promoting products. Farmers and ranchers work to provide a number of options to meet every consumer’s needs.
While ractopamine is approved for use in turkey, according to the National Turkey Federation, no major turkey producer in the United States uses ractopamine. Additionally, ractopamine is not used in any turkey products for export. Ractopamine is not approved for use in chickens.