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Divergent approaches regulating beta agonists and cloning of animals for food: USA and European Union

Centner, Terence J. and Petetin, Ludivine ORCID: 2020. Divergent approaches regulating beta agonists and cloning of animals for food: USA and European Union. Society and Animals 28 (5-6) , pp. 613-632. 10.1163/15685306-12341567

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Technologies being used to produce animals providing meat and dairy products are viewed by some people as meaningful. Two technologies receiving scrutiny in agriculture are feeding food animals beta agonists to improve weight gain and cloning animals to secure offspring with specific traits. The technologies enhance the productive capacities of animals so that fewer resources are needed to produce meat and dairy products. Yet consumers are not sure they want food products with beta agonist residues and produced from clones. In overseeing the safety of food products and animals, legislators and regulators in the United States (US) and European Union (EU) have developed contrasting provisions overseeing the usage of these technologies. An evaluation of heuristics involving information and experiences with bovine spongiform encephalopathy and animal production technologies offers support in explaining the US’s and EU’s divergent provisions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license.
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
ISSN: 1063-1119
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 March 2018
Date of Acceptance: 20 February 2018
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 04:29

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