Non-Hormone Treated Cattle Program

In 1999, the European Union (EU) and the U.S. shook hands on the Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) Program, which controls measures to facilitate the trade of non-hormone treated beef.

What Qualifies?

Cattle are to be grown in approved farms/feedlots and delivered to the slaughter establishment with shipping documentation that includes the statement “Cattle Meet EV Program Requirements for the EU” and clearly identifies the animals and the quantity.

Non-hormone treated cattle and beef are segregated 
at the slaughter establishment and handled in a fashion that ensures they are not commingled with other animals or meat.
Tissue samples from non-hormone treated cattle are collected at slaughter and analyzed in order for the Food Safety and Inspection Service to provide export certification for this product.