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Russia temporarily bans US meat imports

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Russia has imposed a temporary ban on US meat starting in February. The restrictions were enacted after the US Veterinary Service failed to meet regulations for levels of ractopamine, which stimulates muscle tissue growth.




*Chilled meat will be prohibited from February 4, and frozen meat imports will be banned starting on February 11. According to Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, the US ignored numerous requests from the Russian regulative body, and refused to support its products with documentation confirming the absence of ractopamine.
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WASHINGTON, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – The United States is “deeply concerned” by Russia’s decision this week to ban US beef and pork imports containing the feed additive ractopamine, a move Washington believes could undermine bilateral ties, a spokeswoman for the White House’s chief trade adviser said Thursday.

“These actions threaten to undermine our bilateral trade relationship,” Andrea Mead, a spokeswoman for the office of US Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk, told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Russia’s federal food safety agency announced Wednesday that it will institute a temporary ban on US beef and pork imports beginning Feb. 11, saying its American counterpart, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service, failed to guarantee that these shipments would be free of the additive, which promotes growth in livestock.
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Wow, I'd never even heard of this. Thats not something processors even test for.
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While it may be a legitimate concern, it seems to be timed with other sanctions against America.

Does Russia import food from China? How would they even believe any Chinese guarantee?
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While it may be a legitimate concern, it seems to be timed with other sanctions against America.

Does Russia import food from China? How would they even believe any Chinese guarantee?
They can gedt allthe beef they want from Argentina , just by swapping for rnuclear attack subs & amphibious landing craft..
Nuttin' to worry about..
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They can gedt allthe beef they want from Argentina
and we already have been getting beef & pork from South America, mutton from New Zealand... and this ban is actually the very response for the so called Magnitsky Act.
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Russia Enforces Ban on US Meat Imports

MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) – Russia began a temporary ban on US beef and pork imports Monday over what it says is a failure by the US food safety watchdog to guarantee that these shipments are free of the feed additive ractopamine.

Russia’s federal food safety agency warned the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil in late 2012 that their meat imports could be halted should the shipments contain the additive.

Animal rights groups have said that ractopamine, which is used to stimulate livestock growth and make meat leaner, is prohibited in about 160 countries, including the European Union and the member states of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
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Russia Enforces Ban on US Meat Imports

MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) – Russia began a temporary ban on US beef and pork imports Monday over what it says is a failure by the US food safety watchdog to guarantee that these shipments are free of the feed additive ractopamine.

Russia’s federal food safety agency warned the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil in late 2012 that their meat imports could be halted should the shipments contain the additive.

Animal rights groups have said that ractopamine, which is used to stimulate livestock growth and make meat leaner, is prohibited in about 160 countries, including the European Union and the member states of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
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US Asks Russia to Lift Meat Ban

WASHINGTON, February 11 (RIA Novosti) The US government on Monday called on Russia to lift a ban on US beef and pork imports containing the livestock feed additive ractopamine, which went into effect earlier in the day.

“The United States is very disappointed that Russia has taken action to suspend all imports of US meat, which is produced to the highest safety standards in the world,” said US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a joint statement.”

“Despite repeated US requests to discuss the safety of ractopamine, Russia has refused to engage in any constructive dialogue and instead has simply suspended US meat imports. The United States calls on Russia to restore market access for US meat and meat products immediately and to abide by its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization,” they added.

Russia says ractopamine is unsafe and that it is imposing the ban on US meat imports containing the food additive, because the US Food Safety and Inspection Service failed to guarantee that beef and pork shipments would be free of ractopamine.
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Russian Chief Sanitary Doctor Questions Ractopamine Safety

MOSCOW, February 13 (RIA Novosti) - US claims that the livestock feed additive ractopamine is safe are not convincing, Russia’s chief state sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said on Tuesday.

Russia began a temporary ban on US beef and pork imports Monday over what it says is a failure by the US food safety watchdog to guarantee that these shipments are free of ractopamine.

The US government on Monday called on Russia to lift the ban. “The United States is very disappointed that Russia has taken action to suspend all imports of US meat, which is produced to the highest safety standards in the world,” US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a joint statement on Monday.
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Russia does not give up its claims to quality of US beef

MOSCOW, February 27 (Itar-Tass) - Russia does not intend to give up its claims to the quality of U.S. meat products, in particular, to the ractopamine concentration, spokesman for the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision Alexei Alekseyenko told Itar-Tass. "This is a matter of security, and no compromise is possible here", the spokesman stressed.

"A clause in the International Food Standards, which permits a ractopamine residue in meat, and to which the U.S. authorities refer in their explanations, was adopted with severe violations. For the first time ever such a serious problem of food safety was decided by mere voting, with Russia, the European Union, China and a number of other countries voting against," Alekseyenko said. "Only the United States and countries which depend on the U.S. economically, voted for the clause," he added.

Ractopamine is banned in 160 world countries, while 26 countries only allow to use it in food, Alekseyenko said. Scientific research has proved that ractopamine might trigger a serious malfunctioning of a human organism; it stimulates the beta effect of adrenaline on a human heart, while in Russia people who have heart problems take drugs which produce quite the opposite effect, the spokesman said.
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The quality of meat in Switzerland and Serbia is very high. In Serbia it's better value too. Neither country is member of the EU.

You can get very good meat in France, Greece and Italy (just my personal obserrvation as I have visited them) but you have to shop carefully and pay more for it.

I would hope Russia has a higher standard as well. While I like New Zealand lamb, why import food from so far away?
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Russia has been on a roll lately with bans on meat imports. They also issued a ban on meat from Germany.


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Nuttin' to worry about..

Or...they can always buy horse meat from Romania.
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