WASHINGTON — After reviewing more than 44,000 public comments collected in 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last month issued a voluntary standard for a new “naturally raised” meat marketing claim. The new claim can be used on any meat products that have been raised without growth promotants, artificial hormones or antibiotics — except for ionophores used for parasite control — and have never been fed animal by-products. However, several consumer advocacy groups, including Consumers ...

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