Russia, which joined the WTO after 18 years of negotiations, announced that beef and pork imports from US producers using ractopamine would be prohibited. Ractopamine is a drug that is used as a feed additive to promote leanness in animals raised for their meat. It may be responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown and a 10 percent mortality in pigs. Ractopamine has been banned in over 160 countries worldwide, including China! Note that its handling instructions are: Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask”. Yet the FDA has classed it as safe to swallow!