NCBA Reacts to Tyson Discontinuing Purchases of Cattle Fed ZilmaxThu, 08 Aug 2013 15:42:31 CDT
Forrest Roberts, chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, released the following statement after Tyson Foods announced it was ending the purchase of cattle fed the beta-agonist Zilmax.
Cattlemen and women believe in the right of farmers and ranchers to responsibly use FDA-approved technologies. We also believe in Tysonís right to make individual company decisions that they feel are in the best interest of their business. We do not have all the details regarding the animal welfare concerns cited by Tyson in the letter to their cattle suppliers. However, we take every report of animal welfare issues very seriously.
We have expended significant resources to address questions about the use of beta-agonists relative to animal welfare concerns. We convened experts across the beef supply chain who have conducted extensive research on beta-agonists and engaged cattle feeding and animal health experts who have many years of experience using these products. We will continue these efforts until we have solid answers to these questions. In the meantime, we believe these products can be used responsibly when managed properly.
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