Food Toxins

Ractopamine – Another hidden danger in meats

Ractopamine is a drug that is used as a feed additive to promote leanness in animals raised for their meat. Pharmacologically, it is a beta-adrenoceptor agonist. It is the active ingredient in products known as Paylean for swine and Optaflexx for cattle, developed by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, for use in food animals for growth promotion.

Ractopamine has been banned in the European Union, mainland China and Russia.[1][2]


From Mercola

The beta agonist drug ractopamine, which reduces the overall fat content of meat, is currently used in about 45 percent of US pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys. Up to 20 percent of ractopamine remains in the meat you buy from the supermarket.


From Me:

… another reason to stay away from store bought, feed lot fattened meat.



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