Think China's Doping Pigs? Not Nearly as Much as American Farmers Are
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|Bet you didn't know these pigs were involved in a doping scandal.|
A new report from a new investigative-journalism project called the Food and Environment Reporting Network finds use of the FDA-approved ractopamine astonishingly prevalent -- it's given to 60 to 80 percent of U.S. hogs to help them grow lean muscle mass, raising the value of the meat. While the feds say the drug is safe for humans because it cleans out of the pigs' systems so quickly, the European Union, China, and Taiwan have all banned its use. And they've even rejected a few shipments of American pork that have tested positive for traces of the drug.