The decision was made against the EU due to insufficient risk assessment and scientific evidence for the measure, a case that was subsequently complicated and lengthy due to trade retaliation by the United States and Canada against the EU, as well as the EU’s amendments. At present, the European Union continues to ban hormonal cattle from the United States and imposes import quotas on non-hormonal cattle, and the import of cattle is still a major point of contention in the relationship between the EU and the United States and Canada.
Compared with the previous examples of photo color correction services obesity diseases, the hormonal cattle in Europe and the United States are more similar to the current Taiwan "clenbuterol" controversy. One of the key points is the public's distrust of the "tolerable standard" of suspicious substances, and the public distrust is often also related to the past social history of the region. In Europe, people are quite wary of hormones and growth hormone. It is precisely because in the 1970s that the European Union discovered that a growth hormone illegally used by French cattle farmers may be related to the hormonal imbalance of Italian adolescents.
In the 1990s, mad cow disease broke out in the UK ( The cause of mad cow disease is related to the inclusion of animal bone meal in cattle feed), which further strengthened the voice of European people against adding growth agents to cattle feed. A French friend who studied with the author in New York refused to eat any meat sold by street vendors. , when shopping in supermarkets, he also refuses to buy American dairy products, and is quite disgusted with American food. In Taiwan, from the rice bran oil poisoning incident in 1979 to plasticizers, poisonous starch, sour oil, etc. in recent years, food safety concerns have emerged one after another.