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Russia Resumes Supplies Of Brazilian Pork
February 25, 2014 18:32


Russia can resume supplies of Brazilian pork in March.

Russia can resume supplies of Brazilian pork that were limited due to the manufacturer’s use of the animals’ muscle growth promoter – ractopamine - in March of this year, RIA “Novosti” reports with the reference to the statement of the Assistant Head of Rosselkhoznadzor (The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) Aleksey Alekseenko. The Service limited the import of meat from Brazil, Canada and Mexico to Russia from December, 2012, due to the presence of ractopamine in this meat. This stimulator is used in animal production for building animal muscles. The substance is now prohibited in 160 countries, including the CU and the EU countries.

Russia and China have both banned ractopamine in beef, deeming it unfit for human consumption. Twenty-seven other countries, including Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Canada, and the United States, have determined that meat from animals fed ractopamine is safe for human consumption. In the USA, ractopamine is allowed to be used at a feed concentration of 5–20 mg/kg feed for finishing pigs and in dosages of 5–10 mg/kg feed for finishing pigs heavier than 109 kg. In Canada, ractopamine is allowed in meal or pellet feed for finishing barrows, gilts, beef cattle and heavy turkeys only. The maximum residues limit of ractopamine is 50 and 10 ppb in the USA and Japan, respectively. In August 2012 Taiwan's legislature passed amendments to the food safety act allowing ractopamine in beef. Recently, Russia has restricted beef and pork imports to those that are certified free of the additive ractopamine. Ractopamin is not allowed in the European Union.

“In order to ensure stability and security in pork supplies to the Russian market, the Brazilian side agreed with the feasibility of the soonest adoption of the bilateral framework document regulating the process of meat production and processing. Within two to three weeks this issue will be resolved. I think we will be able to resume supplies in March” - Alekseenko explained. “In connection with the outbreak of ASF in Europe we have lost the salt pork, so we are interested in its supplies from Brazil. This production has little risk of ractopamine presence. Now we’ll wait for real proposals of salt pork, seafood and honey” - he noted.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Rosselkhoznadzor Brazilian pork ractopamine   

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