Ractopamine: It’s What’s for Dinner

Posted by Mike Confino, February 19, 2015

Germany Pig

China and Russia aren’t known as leaders on food safety or animal welfare, yet there’s one drug that even they — along with much of the world, including the European Union — won’t allow to be fed to animals destined for the plate: ractopamine. This growth-promoting drug has left thousands of pigs lame, in intense pain, downed, and even dead. The United States isn’t taking the drug off the market and instead is dismissing the data about animal welfare problems and expanding its use. Beef producers are switching in droves to the dangerous growth promoter because they’ve been blocked by others within their industry from using an equally dangerous and powerful-acting drug.

via Ractopamine: It’s What’s for Dinner | Wayne Pacelle.

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