Russia Demands US Meat Be Certified Ractopamine- Free Which Could Halt Meat Exports to That CountryMon, 10 Dec 2012 04:01:55 CST
Russia has notified Washington that all U.S. beef and pork exports must be certified as ractopamine-free, USDA officials confirmed to Meatingplace.
The move would effectively halt U.S. beef and pork exports to Russia because the agency does not have a testing and certification program in place for the leanness-enhancing feed additive.
United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk today issued the following statement in response to Russia's new requirements that U.S. beef and pork exports to Russia be tested and certified free of the feed additive ractopamine:
"The United States is very concerned that Russia has taken these actions, which appear to be inconsistent with its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization. The United States calls on Russia to suspend these new measures and restore market access for U.S. beef and pork products. The United States sought, and Russia committed as part of its WTO accession package, to ensure that it adhered rigorously to WTO requirements and that it would use international standards unless it had a risk assessment to justify use of a more stringent standard. Especially in light of its commitment to use international standards, this is an important opportunity for Russia to demonstrate that it takes its WTO commitments seriously."
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