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Overseas markets and the National HGP Control System
In 1988, the European Union (EU) imposed a ban on the use of hormonal growth promotants (HGPs). As a result, all beef and beef products exported to the EU and other HGP-sensitive markets must come from cattle that have not been treated with HGPs during their lifetime.
The European Union Cattle Accreditation Scheme (EUCAS) was implemented following EU supply requirement changes on 1 December 1999. Farms must be EUCAS accredited if they want to produce meat for export to the EU.
Australia has a system for identification and legislative requirements that guarantee all beef products exported to these HGP-sensitive markets are HGP-free, while still giving cattle producers the option of using HGPs on animals destined for other markets (e.g. local markets).