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China bans imports of pork from 6 US plants

CHINA has barred pork imports from six US processing plants and six cold storage facilities effective yesterday to enforce its ban on the use of a feed additive that promotes lean muscle growth, the US Department of Agriculture said.

China currently requires third-party verification that US pork shipped to the country is free of the additive ractopamine, which is sold for hog farm use under the name Paylean.

Pork packing plants now ineligible to export to China include Tyson Foods plants in Perry and Storm Lake, Iowa, along with the company’s facility in Logansport, Indiana.

Other processors listed included a Hormel Foods Corp plant in Fremont, Nebraska, Triumph Foods in St Joseph, Missouri, and Quality Pork Processors Inc in Austin, Minnesota.

In 2013, US pork exports to China totaled 312,138 tons, worth US$645.3 million, according to the Global Trade Atlas. Overall pork exports worldwide last year totaled 7.5 million tons valued at US$20.4 billion.

“China is by far the world’s largest pork producer and consumer. Therefore, it is really not possible to make projections about how certain events, such as plant delistings, will impact US exports to China,” said US Meat Export Federation spokesman Joe Schuele.

Last week, Russia slapped a one-year ban on meat, including pork, from the West in retaliation for sanctions imposed.

Plants owned by Smithfield Foods Inc, a subsidiary of Chinese pork giant WH Group and a major exporter of Paylean-free pork to China, were also drawn into the Russian meat ban.



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