June 20, 2014


Russia bans pork imports from BRF-owned Brazilian enterprise



Russia banned pork imports from a Brazilian enterprise owned by BRF SA on June 18 following the discovery of ractopamine in shipments, the country's veterinary and phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor said.


"In order to block supplies of unsafe products to the Russian market, Rosselkhoznadzor is imposing temporary restrictions on supplies of products from BRF SA enterprise 3681, starting June 19," Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement.


Ractopamine, a growth stimulant used to make meat leaner, is banned in Russia, China and some other countries for consumer health reasons.


Russia banned most meat imports from the US and Canada in early 2013 on concerns over the use of ractopamine, while supplies from Brazil were restricted in 2011 due to concerns over its safety monitoring system.

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