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Still Drugged

A controversial drug allowed in meat production in the U.S.—but banned in 160 other countries—is in the news again. This time, it’s because the Trump administration, as part of a trade deal, is trying to force China to allow imports of U.S. pork raised with ractopamine.

If you buy industrially produced pork at a U.S. supermarket, it likely contains ractopamine—about 60 – 80 percent of industrial pork producers use the drug. If Trump forces China to allow imports of U.S. pork raised with ractopamine, that percentage could increase—and so will Elanco’s profits.

Don't bother looking for ractopamine on labels—pork producers aren’t required to tell you they use ractopamine.

How can consumers avoid buying pork or other meat contaminated with ractopamine? Buy from a trusted local farmer, or look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo—AGA-certified meat prohibits the use of ractopamine.

Read 'Controversial Drug Ractopamine Is Back in the News—And Still in Your Food'

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