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Russia to Ban US Beef, Pork Following Ractopamine Discovery

1 February 2013, at 11:06pm

RUSSIA - Russia has announced it will ban exports of beef and pork from the United States from 11 February due to the finding of ractopamine.

The Russian veterniary service has previously requested information from various countries, requiring them to confirm that no ractopamine would be present in exported products.

Sergey Dankvert, Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor has now sent letters to Dr Ronald Jones, the US Food Safety and Inspection Services assistant administrator and Dr Ian Alexander, Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada.

In the letters, Mr Dankvert expresses that although numerous requests for confimation of measures taken to prevent ractopamine in products exported by the countries were sent, it has not recieved any guarentee from the US.

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