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Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) Rolls Out New Training Program for Zilmax Customers



8/14/2013 7:04:12 AM

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As questions about the health effects of Merck and Co's Zilmax feed additive intensified in the beef industry, the pharmaceuticals giant on Tuesday unveiled a program to retrain and certify beef producers in administering the weight-adding drug to cattle. The news comes a week after Tyson Foods Inc declared it would stop accepting beef from Zilmax-fed cattle after it observed animals arriving at its slaughter facilities with signs they were having difficulty walking or moving. Merck's animal health unit said it would require cattle feeders that use Zilmax to undergo more training as part of a five-step plan to deal with mounting concerns over possible negative effects of the drug.

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