Monsanto in milk hormone row

30 April 1999

Monsanto in milk hormone row

MONSANTO has found itself in the middle of another row – this time as the third party in a dispute between Brussels and Washington over artificial hormones in milk.

The US-based biotechnology firm, already embroiled in the controversy over genetically modified food, produces bovine somatotropin (BST).

Critics claim that BST, which is a hormone that can be injected into cows to boost milk production, has damaging side-effects.

But the USA is expected to challenge any attempt to renew a European Union ban on the use of BST, which currently extends to the end of the year.

Washington and Brussels are still at loggerheads over a threat by Europe to extend its ban on hormone-treated US beef to imports of all beef from American sources.

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