Clenbuterol is a Beta-Agonist drug that is banned as a growth promoter in most countries. The steroid like chemical was initially developed to treat asthma in horses, stimulating both the heart and central nervous system. When used in livestock, Clenbuterol has been proven to induce lipolysis and increase muscle mass.
Not designed for human consumption, Clenbuterol can have a variety of side effects including headaches, insomnia, nausea, palpitations, muscular tremors and possible cardiac hypertrophy. However, it has been regularly documented in the media that high-profile athletes have tested positive for the NFL banned anabolic agent. Appearing on all major anti-doping agencies’ banned list, many athletes have blamed Clenbuterol in meat for testing positive for the drug.
In March 2018, world champion boxer Canelo Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance during pre-fight testing. Daniel Eichner, director of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) accredited laboratory stated that, “These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination”.
According to studies conducted by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, consumption of meat from veal calves exposed to Clenbuterol can result in the drug being detected in people. Any beef testing positive for traces of the drug is automatically condemned.
Feeding animals unregulated amounts of Clenbuterol can lead to problems in livestock health and has a possibility of toxic residues. To assist with testing for Clenbuterol residues in meat, Randox Food Diagnostics research and development team have created a dedicated Clenbuterol ELISA test. Providing an effective screening method with rapid results on tissue or urine sample types, our highly sensitive ELISA kits offer excellent correlation with confirmatory methods to continually improve the standards of global food safety.
With one of the world’s most comprehensive test menus for the accurate detection of controlled drug residues in food, Randox Food Diagnostics also offer a Beta-Agonist ELISA, rapidly detecting 12 beta-agonist compounds within tissue, hair, feather and urine samples. Compounds detected include; Clenbuterol, Cimbuterol, Bromochlorbuterol, Carbuterol and Salbutamol.