Hormones are produced naturally by plants, animals, and humans and are required for normal healthy functioning of the organism. Therefore, they are naturally occurring in all meat and many other agricultural food products, regardless of production methods. Because of this, the term “Hormone Free” is not approved for use on labels.

Hormones may be used to promote efficient growth in cattle and lambs in the United States. Hormones are approved for specific classes of animals only, and cannot be used in non-approved classes. Additionally, the amount of estrogen found in a 3-ounce serving of beef from cattle administered an estrogen implant is less than the amount naturally found in the same size serving of potatoes, cabbage, eggs, soybeans, or ice cream, and is only a small fraction (0.001 to 0.0004 percent) of the amount naturally produced daily by men, women, and children.

No hormones are used in the raising of hogs, goats, veal or birds (chicken and turkey).  To clarify this for consumers, pork or poultry products labeled as “Raised without added hormones” must be immediately followed by “Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in poultry/pork.


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