In the news this week, Russia is banning imports of US beef and pork unless it can be shown to be free from ractopamine.http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news/Russia-bans-meat-fr...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.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ractopamine"Regulatory authorities in 80 countries, including the EU, have banned ractopamine . 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."
It looks like this Ractopamine is in a similar class to Clenbutarol which I thought was banned in food production animals both in the US and EU.This was the drug that Alberto Contador tested positive for after the 2010 TdF and he tried the tainted meat dodge......claiming that he'd order a specialty cut of beef from Spain and it must've been something added to the beef. Spanish farmers didn't take kindly to that accusation.
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