Using Hormonal Growth Promotants (HGPs)

HGP usage is strictly controlled. Learn more about HGPs and the requirements you need to meet under the HGP Regulated Control Scheme (RCS).

Defining HGPs

An HGP is any veterinary medicine containing either natural or synthetic hormones sold for the purpose of increasing muscle tone, growth rate, weight gain or feed efficiency of animals.

Why it is important to control HGP use

The use of HGPs is strictly controlled to protect the New Zealand international meat trade. In many markets, such as the USA and Australia, HGPs are considered safe and are used extensively. However, in the European Union (EU) and other countries, HGPs are perceived as unnatural ‘additives’ and are banned. HGP use needs to be controlled and tracked so that meat from implanted animals cannot be exported to European or other markets where HGP is banned.

How HGP use is controlled

The use of HGPs implanted in bovine animals is strictly controlled through the HGP Regulated Control Scheme (RCS).

Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme – Hormonal Growth Promotants) Notice (202 KB PDF)

Click on the HGP items in the left-hand menu to learn more about your responsibilities.

Safety of HGPs

There is no scientific evidence of any detrimental impact on human health through the consumption of meat and meat products that have been produced using approved HGPs.

It is MPI’s policy that consumers should be provided with labelling information where there is a demonstrated food safety risk, so that consumers can make informed choices about the food they eat. MPI does not consider that approved HGPs have any demonstrable food risks.