January 18, 2015
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Banned in 160 Nations, Why is This Growth Hormone in U.S. Meat?
The National Pork Producers Council is a powerful lobby for those who grow hogs, with its 20 members spending as much as 1.3 million dollars annually during the implementation of ractopamine in pork. It also generously donates to strategic political campaigns…There have been no long term studies done to assess whether ractopamine is safe or not, and the consequences of long term human consumption are unknown….Interestingly, the feed additive containing ractopamine comes with a warning that individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Those who mix and handle it are cautioned to use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eyewear, and NIOSH approved dust masks.