Hormone-treated beef: should Britain accept it after Brexit?

Millstone, Erik and Lang, Tim (2018) Hormone-treated beef: should Britain accept it after Brexit? Technical Report. Food Research Collaboration, City University, London.

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Abstract

This Briefing explains why the use of synthetic, industrially-manufactured hormones in beef production,
and the threat of importing hormone-produced beef after Brexit, matter for UK consumers. There is robust scientific evidence showing that meat produced using one key hormone (17β-oestradiol) increases the cancer risk to consumers, while for the rest the available evidence is insufficient to show that their use is acceptably safe. The Briefing outlines the basis of the scientific and policy disputes over the use of supplementary hormones in beef cattle production. It shows that, although the USA is most associated with hormone-reared beef, other countries that want to export their beef to the UK, post Brexit, either allow hormones to be used, or are suspected of doing so. The EU has been reasonably vigilant on consumers’ behalf on this issue, and it has robust scientific grounds for its ban on their use.

The risk from beef hormones is one of many issues on which UK consumers have benefited from the EU’s measures to protect public and environmental health. Chlorine-washed chicken is another example.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Technical Report)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Professor Erik Millstone
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 11:02
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2019 15:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79321

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