A coalition of activist groups including the Center for Food Safety, the Humane Society of the United States and United Farm Workers of America filed lawsuits in the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Francisco arguing that the FDA failed to adequately consider the effects on animal welfare, worker safety, wildlife and waterways when it approved a class of drugs called beta agonists, used to produce lean muscle, reports the Lincoln (NE) Journal Star.
The lawsuits claim that FDA failed to fulfill its duties under the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires the agency to conduct an environmental analysis on the drugs. According to the lawsuits, residue from the drugs can remain active in animal waste, and when applied to fields, or escaped from manure lagoons, it can imperil the surrounding habitat, contaminate groundwater and endanger wildlife.
Spokespersons for the companies that market the products say the products are thoroughly researched, safe and that they trust the FDA approval process.
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