October 7, 2011
Russia halts Chinese pork imports on clenbuterol scare


Russian Federal Supervision Agency for Customer Protection and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) has temporarily suspended the imports of pork and pork processed products from China.


The import ban was due to the clenbuterol use in the production of pork by several Chinese pig farms. Clenbuterol is not included in the list of veterinary drugs approved for use in Russia.


This is not the first time Chinese producers are found to be using the drug clenbuterol in pigs growing. Farmers add it in feed to allow fast muscle growth in pigs and help burn fat.


The largest clenbuterol scandal in China broke out in March this year, in which Shineway Group, the biggest pork producer in the country, was found using the prohibited substance.


"Using clenbuterol is contradicting to generally accepted standards of veterinary and animal husbandry. As a result of a series of examinations held by our department, it has been revealed that pork and pork processed products from China constitute a menace to the health of Russian consumers," says the official statement of Rospotrebnadzor.


The suspension took place as of September 2011 for an indefinite period, the agency said.