Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Zilmax® (Zilpaterol): Inching Its Way Back To US And Canadian Markets?

Prior (December 2013) background on this narrative is under that link. So, here's the latest update from Merck on the Zilmax® Five point plan -- FDA has green-lighted a lower dose label, per Reuters:

. . . .Merck said on Wednesday that the review by its advisory board was conducted after concerns that cattle could consume more Zilmax than approved.

An updated Zilmax label, with a lower dose, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Merck Animal Health said.

Merck wants to feed Zilmax to 240,000 U.S. cattle to prove it is safe. But giant meat processors like Cargill Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc don't want to touch animals fed with the drug, Reuters reported in April.

Merck Animal Health also filed to update Zilmax's label in Canada, it added. . . .

More of our background here. We will keep you informed, but I don't see US ranchers' widespread return to use of Zilmax, even as late as this coming spring of 2015. Not likely until the Tysons, ADMs and Cargills of the world say they will accept Zilmax-fed beef into the slaughterhouses. I guess the polite term is processing plants. In any event, now you know.

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