Ractopamine ELISA (USDA Approved)

Ractopamine is a phenethanolamine belonging to a class of drugs known as β-Adrenergic agonists (beta-agonists) and has been found to increase muscle growth and decrease fat deposition.  Due to the nature of this group of compounds, they have a history of being used illegally, particularly by livestock producers.  Improper use of beta-agonists can cause a serious risk to human health due to the residues they leave on the meat and other foodstuffs of animal origin.   It is for this reason that in Europe all beta-agonists are banned for use in livestock and for improving athletic performance according to EU council directive 96/22/EC.

The Randox Food Diagnostics Ractopamine ELISA test kit has been approved by the USDA for the detection of Ractopamine residues. It offers excellent limits of detection 0.5ng/ml for detection of veterinary drug residues in meat. Applicable sample types include urine and tissue.

Product Number: RT3451

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AssayLOD (ppb)CompoundCross Reactivity %
Ractopamine0.50 (Tissue)
1.50 (Urine Solvent Extraction)
0.60 (Urine Rapid Screen)
0.15 (Milk Powder)
0.07 (Milk)
2.00 (Feed)
500.00 (Tissue)**
Ractopamine*100.00
*LOD is standardised to this compound
** Tissue without deconjugation