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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

USDA Plans for Beef

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Agriculture Department officials said Monday they have devised a plan that will allow the meat industry to resume shipping "hormone-free" beef to the European Union.

While a high-profile fight between the United States and the EU over "hormone-treated" beef has attracted far more attention, the two sides have been tangling over U.S. shipments of beef that is supposed to come from cattle raised without any artificial growth hormones.

The plan for resuming hormone-free beef shipments to the EU requires U.S. livestock producers to "develop written programs" f based on guidelines set by the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service f documenting the beef does not come from cattle treated with growth hormones.