Russia's Phytosanitary Service finds growth stimulant in meat from 2 U.S. companies

Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Oversight Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) has discovered ractopamine, which is used to stimulate muscle growth in livestock, in meat products from two companies in the United States.

Rosselkhoznadzor said that during beefed up laboratory testing for the growth stimulant, which is banned in Russia and the other countries in the Customs Union (Belarus and Kazakhstan), ractopamine was found in consignments of pork from Tyson Fresh Meats (#244M). As of November 5, the import of product from this company will be prohibited.

Ractopamine was also found in a consignment of beef subproducts produced at Washington Beef (#235). Since this was the first time the growth stimulant was found in product from Washington Beef, the decision has been made not to ban imports, but rather to impose stronger laboratory control over shipments from this company.

Rosselkhoznadzor also announced that starting November 5, because of other violations turned up during increased lab control, limitations have been imposed on fish product shipped by the Chinese outfit Jiangxi Huayi Food Co., and meat product from the Italian company Vercelli SPA and U.S. enterprise National Beef Packing Company.

"In the event product shipped before November 5 arrives from these enterprises, the decision to clear such shipments will be made in the usual regime with subsequent mandatory laboratory control for safety," Rosselkhoznadzor said.

Furthermore, in connection with the initial discovery of violations of Russian veterinary-sanitary rules under strengthened laboratory control, products from companies in Belgium, the Netherlands, Uruguay, Brazil, Germany, Ecuador, and Peru have been put under stronger laboratory control.

This control will also encompass beef from the Koziatyn Meat Combine in Ukraine, where mesophilic aerobic and facultative anaerobic microorganisms have been found, as well as product from Latvia's Rеzeknes galas kombinats and Lithuania's Agaras.

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