Ractopamine, a beta-agonist, is fed to animals in order to increase the rate at which they convert feed to muscle by mimicking the body's stress hormones, as explained by Foodsafetynews.com.
Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999, ractopamine is fed to turkeys, pigs and cattle, and while it's categorized as "NOT FOR HUMAN USE," the drug has shown up in meat samples tested by the USDA and Consumer Reports.
Livestock drug tortures animals, causing inability to walk, tremors and heart problems. Ractopamine was approved for use to feed cattle in 2003, and turkeys in 2008. Residues likely exist in meat, as there's no mandatory withdrawal period for the drug, meaning turkeys can be fed ractopamine, also known as Topmax, up until the day they're slaughtered. Read the entire article.
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