Russia announced late last week that any meat containing the feed additive ractopamine will be at risk of destruction or re-export because it violates Custom Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) regulations.
Russia will now require pork imports from the United States to show documentation that the pork does not contain ractopamine residues. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, however, does not have a testing and certification program in place to detect ractopamine residues in pork or beef because the feed additive has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a safe product. Ractopamine improves the feed efficiency, growth rate and lean carcass percentage of live hogs and cattle.
Earlier this year, the U.N.’s Codex Alimentarius, which sets international standards for food safety, approved a maximum residue limit (MRL) for ractopamine, which U.S. pork meets. Only 41 percent of U.S. pork plants are currently eligible to export to Russia because of the imposition of non-science-based trade barriers such as zero tolerance on pathogens in raw products, a standard no country in the world can meet.… Continue readingRead More »