‘Naturally Raised’ Claim Criticized

After reviewing more than 44,000 public comments collected in 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last month issued a voluntary standard for a new naturally raised meat marketing claim. The new claim can be used on any meat products that have been raised without growth promotants, artificial hormones or antibiotics except for ionophores used for parasite control and have never been

WASHINGTON — After reviewing more than 44,000 public comments collected in 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last month issued a voluntary standard for a new “naturally raised” meat marketing claim. The new claim can be used on any meat products that have been raised without growth promotants, artificial hormones or antibiotics — except for ionophores used for parasite control — and have never been fed animal by-products.

However, several consumer advocacy groups, includ

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