June 24, 2014
Russia mulls ban on pork imports from Brazil, Canada


Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) is mulling over the ban on pork imports from Brazil and Canada due to the use of ractopamine, Interfax reported.


Citing a few instances that pork products from the two countries were found to have ractopamine, a growth stimulant prohibited in Russia, chief of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergei Dankvert said, "We have all grounds to impose restrictions."


"We're inviting the Brazilian and Canadian veterinary services to hold consultations, which could result in a decision to either limit supplies or to work more on guaranteeing the safety of the supplies," Dankvert said.


"Those guarantees that the veterinary services of those countries have already provided are not to our satisfaction as the violations continue," he added.


Rosselkhoznadzor said it had placed meat from Canadian enterprise Olymel (T 147) under heightened laboratory surveillance after discovering e-coli in a consignment of boneless pork, and warned the Canadian state veterinary service that such violations were inadmissible.