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Ractopamine. Enjoy the BBQ but don’t forget the Hazmat Suit!

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!



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