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.
|Assay||LOD (ppb)||Compound||Cross Reactivity %|
1.50 (Urine Solvent Extraction)
0.60 (Urine Rapid Screen)
0.15 (Milk Powder)