On the heels of an agreement between the U.S. and Japan on beef – Russia is going to begin banning imports of U.S. pork and beef. The decision was based on the possibility the meats may contain the feed additive ractopamine. Russia’s food-safety agency says the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service was unable to guarantee that shipments would be free of ractopamine. According to the Federal Customs Service – U.S. shipments of chilled and frozen pork to Russia in 2011 were 59,680 tons – almost nine-percent of total national imports of the meat. Exports of chilled and frozen beef were 39-thousand tons – 6.5-percent of total imports.
Source: NAFB News Service