WASHINGTON (CN) – The FDA is allowing more progesterone than before, in beef and lamb meat.
The Food and Drug Administration has already approved the use of the hormone progesterone to cause suckling beef calves and steers to gain weight, and to change when cows and ewes become fertile. The agency states that, in the interest of accuracy, it must now approve an increase in the amount of progesterone it will allow in meat.
The agency is relying on a 1994 guidance document, which states that humans may safely ingest more progesterone than previously thought.
The new final rule has been adopted without passing congressional review requirements, because it is not a “rule” under 5 U.S.C. 804(3)(A), but, instead, is a rule of “particular applicability,” according to the FDA.
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