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Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) Wants To Test Zilmax On 240,000 Cattle But Beef Industry Resists


4/11/2014 7:32:11 AM

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Merck & Co Inc wants to feed its controversial feed additive Zilmax to 240,000 U.S. cattle to prove it is safe. But there is a problem: giant meat processors like Cargill Inc don't want to touch animals fed with the drug. Merck plans to conduct the biggest ever test of its kind in an effort to reintroduce the weight-adding drug into the United States and Canada after suspending sales last August. A test herd of this size is currently worth up to $500 million.

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