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.

USFRA Point of View

USFRA's View on Hormones Hormones occur naturally in living animals and even in some produce. Many consumers have questions about supplemental hormone use in raising farm animals. Farmers and ranchers are committed to sharing information and answering questions about hormone use so consumers can... Read more