US state, county fairs ban ractopamine in pigs

US state, county fairs ban ractopamine in pigs

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Animals sold at fair shows may end up in international markets that ban the drug

Ractopamine is approved for use in pigs and beef cattle in the U.S., but is banned in many international markets, including China and the EU. The drug increases animals’ weight gain and feed efficiency, and they end up using 10-20% less feed or water to reach final weight gain.