Safety of poultry meat in accordance with EU requirements in Ukraine: state monitoring of hormones

Keywords: poultry meat, safety, hormone residues, state monitoring


The article presents the results of analysis of the world scientific literature from 2010 to the present and official monitoring studies of poultry meat for hormone content for 2017–2020 to provide scientifically sound information on its level of safety in accordance with modern requirements of risk analysis. The problem of the using of hormones in poultry has arisen on the basis of published research by scientists that hormones can jeopardize the safe consumption of poultry products and thus make these products harmful to human health. According to these scientists, the residual amounts of hormones in broiler meat products can have such adverse effects on human health as the risk of cancer, early puberty for girls and boys and an increase in abortions. Such information raises consumer doubts about the safety of industrial poultry meat and increases their demand for clean – hormone-free meat products. The results of scientific research and consumer distrust of the absence of hormones in poultry meat have led to the initiation of further scientific research on these chemical residues in the EU and the US. In addition, strict legislation was introduced to ban the use of hormones in poultry, introduced mandatory controls on poultry farms to prevent their illegal use, as well as constant monitoring as a precautionary control by the state. However, many scientists claim that due to the ban on the use of hormones in poultry and the constant monitoring of the use of antibiotics, the results of official monitoring in most cases indicate safe levels of these substances in poultry meat. Despite the fact that in 1996 in the EU all hormonal stimulants are officially banned for use by animals and poultry other than for therapeutic purposes, there are scientific publications on the violation of these requirements. There is no ban on hormones in poultry at the legislative level in Ukraine yet. Ukrainian consumers are worried about the safety of poultry meat in terms of hormone content, but producers of large poultry farms assure them that poultry is raised without the use of any growth hormones. In accordance with EU requirements, Ukraine has introduced constant state monitoring of poultry meat content through laboratory control of samples. According to the analysis of the State Monitoring Plans for 2016–2020, there are no risks to the content of hormones in public health when consuming poultry meat. Our data coincide with similar data in most EU countries.


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Chechet, O., Berhilevych, O., & Kasianchuk, V. (2021). Safety of poultry meat in accordance with EU requirements in Ukraine: state monitoring of hormones. Scientific Messenger of LNU of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnologies. Series: Veterinary Sciences, 23(103), 78-87.