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Used to increase lean meat production in pigs and beef, ractopamine also causes high rates of hideous deformities and pathologies in the animals it’s administered to. Similar to other drugs which have been shunned in the past for their inhumane and toxic effects, ractopamine is the latest attempt by pharma and some livestock producers to pad the bottom line. Reuters has the grisly details: http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/30/if-you-eat-meat-in-the-united-states-buyer-beware/