JBS Won't Ban Zilmax-Fed Cattle
Fri Aug 16, 2013 01:07 PM CDT

SAO PAULO (Dow Jones) -- Brazil's JBS SA will continue to accept animals fed with Merck & Co.'s animal supplement Zilmax at its U.S. operations unless evidence emerges that the product is potentially harmful to their well-being, Chief Executive Wesley Batista said in an interview.

Zilmax is a growth-promoting drug fed to cattle in the final weeks before slaughter, and it can add about 2%, or 24 pounds to 33 pounds, to an animal's weight. Merck on Friday said it would temporarily suspend sales of Zilmax in the U.S. and Canada.

So far there's no scientific evidence that ...

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