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No Hormones Administered

The USDA and FDA have deemed many hormones used in the meat and dairy industry safe, but it remains unknown if the residues of hormones found in meat and dairy products can disrupt human hormone balance.  Learn more about hormone effects on individuals and the environment.

If you're looking to avoid hormones in your meat, look for the labels No Hormones Administered or No Synthetic Hormones. These labels can be found on beef products from cows that did not receive any hormones throughout their lifetimes. The USDA has defined both claims, and producers must submit documentation proving the claim is truthful before using it on their product. However, there is no verification system present, so there is always a possibility producers may be using the terms incorrectly.

The USDA has not defined the claims No Hormones Administered or No Synthetic Hormones for any food products but meat, so for hormone free milk, go organic. Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), or any other growth hormone, cannot be used in organic dairy cows, so milk that says certified USDA organic contains no growth hormones.

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