National Beef, JBS Not Following Tyson Lead

Tyson Foods recently told its cattle suppliers it will stop accepting cattle fed with Zilmax - but National Beef Packing Co. and JBS SA said this week they will not change their cattle-buying practices. According to a statement issued Monday afternoon - Kansas City-based National Beef places a high priority on animal welfare with cattle in its facilities and does not plan to change its cattle-procurement practices. Brazilian-based JBS said it has noticed similar problems to those cited by Tyson - including animals with difficulty walking or animals unable to move - but said it would continue its current approach of extensive monitoring of animals at its plants. JBS Spokesman Cameron Bruett said they haven't been able to identify a cause for the problems. Cargill had already signaled it would continue to accept cattle fed with Zilmax.

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