Is it safe to eat meat from HGP-treated cattle?

It is safe to eat meat from HGP-treated cattle.

Numerous reviews and evaluations of safety and public health risks associated with HGP usage have been undertaken since the mid 1990s with overall international opinion being that there is no increased health risk to humans from consumption of meat from animals treated with HGPs.

Their use is approved and regulated by the Australian Government’s Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). There are legal requirements to use HGPs appropriately, including accurately recording their use, along the supply chain. A report by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in the “Department of Health and Ageing” has declared that they do not pose a threat to consumers. This report can be viewed online.

HGPs supplement naturally occurring hormones and are present at much lower levels than the natural hormone levels found in other commonly consumed foods such as soybean oil, cabbage and eggs. (Source: FEDESA – European Federation of Animal Health).

You would have to eat more than 77kg of beef from treated cattle in one sitting to get the same oestrogen as you do from eating one egg. (FEDESA)

However, some countries and customers will not accept beef or beef products that are treated with HGPs. To protect Australia’s access to these markets, it is important that robust systems are in place to provide confidence that the animals have never been treated with HGPs.

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