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Almost half of Australia’s cattle are treated with growth hormones. Is it safe to eat? | Cow meat

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Almost half of Australia’s cattle are treated with growth hormones.  Is it safe to eat?  |  Cow meat

A possible increase in exports of hormone-pumped Australian beef to the UK has raised alarm that food safety standards could be compromised.

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

It is unclear whether that ban will be upheld under a potential UK-Australia trade deal, including proposals for duty-free beef, which worries some farmers and environmental groups.