The use of ractopamine as a feed additive: A review
Keywords:Ractopamine , Livestock production , Feed additive
Ractopamine hydrochloride is a Î²-adrenergic agonist that increases growth, feed efficiency, and fat deposition. Because of its ability to increase muscling, average daily gain, efficiency, and carcass weight, ractopamine hydrochloride has been used as a feed additive growth enhancer. Ractopamine is also a member of the phenylethanolamine class of chemicals, which is used as a feed supplement in meat-producing animals. This review threw the light on the use of ractopamine to improve weight gain and as a feed addition. Furthermore, the potential negative health effects of ractopamine were explored.
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