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Commentary: Estrogens in Beef Production

Thomas H. Jukes
BioScience
Vol. 26, No. 9 (Sep., 1976), pp. 544-547
DOI: 10.2307/1297269
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1297269
Page Count: 4
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Commentary: Estrogens in Beef Production
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Abstract

Estrogens, usually diethylstilbestrol (DES), are used in beef production to increase the percentage of lean meat and to improve the efficiency of conversion of cattle feed into meat. DES, like all other estrogens, is carcinogenic at high dosage. The residues of DES in beef are not a hazard to consumers.

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