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Subject:  Ractopamine in Beef and Pork Date:  12/11/2012  3:13 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  38094 of 45865

In the news this week, Russia is banning imports of US beef and pork unless it can be shown to be free from ractopamine.

Wikipedia reveals ractopamine is a product of Lilly's Elanco division. It is a feed additive used to promote growth and to produce leaner meat.

"Regulatory authorities in 80 countries, including the EU, have banned ractopamine [4]. However, 27 countries, including Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, the United States and many others, have determined that meat from animals fed ractopamine is safe for human consumption."
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