The cattle and hogs we buy come from independent farmers who share our values and the values of consumers when it comes to ensuring livestock are treated well and receive proper nutrition.  Their efforts to operate responsibly include working closely with veterinarians and nutritionists. Some of the livestock producers who supply us use the government-approved feed supplement ractopamine (also known as a “beta-agonist”) to promote growth; improve feed efficiency and provide leaner meat. Government regulations outline the proper use of such animal health products. In addition, USDA routinely tests thousands of beef and pork carcasses each year for residues, including beta-agonists. Ractopamine is not used in our chicken or turkey production.