Monday, April 15, 2024

Do U.S. chickens receive growth hormones?

By Elizabeth Bobenhausen Poultry Times staff ebobenhausen@poultrytimes.com

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Many people across the country wonder if poultry receives growth hormones. The answer to this question is “no,” according to a study done by the Poultry Science Department of Mississippi State University. The department explained that hormones have not been used and have been banned since the 1950s.

The poultry industry and the cattle industry follow contrasting regulations. In 1956, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration established that the cattle industry could use growth hormones to promote development, feed productivity and carcass strength.

As of today, there are five hormones implants that are used for cattle, such. . .

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