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Export-import ban imposed on feed additives

CHINA is to ban the import and export of ractopamine and ractopamine hydrochloride, the country's Ministry of Commerce and the General Administration of Customs announced yesterday with the ban taking effect today.

The stimulant drugs are used as feed additives to promote leanness in pigs raised for their meat. Most countries around the world had not approved their use as veterinary drugs or additive in animal feed. China prohibited their use in 2002 because of possible health risks to humans.

An official with the foreign trade division under the Ministry of Commerce said ractopamine and ractopamine hydrochloride had no other major uses apart from use in feed additives.

The official said countries around the world had different views on ractopamine. Countries such as the United States and Australia approved its use, but it is banned in China and in EU countries.

China was banning import and export of ractopamine, because of possible health risks.


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