U.S. officials fuming over Russian beef import ban

Western Producer
Sunday 24th February, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. — The welcome news in the United States of expanded beef trade with Japan was tempered when Russia announced a ban on meat imports because they may contain ractopamine. The dispute with Russia is more than a disagreement over whether pork and beef might contain residues of the feed additive, said U.S. officials. “It is not about ractopamine,” Gary Horlick, trade adviser to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said during the association’s annual meeting held Feb. 5-9 in Tampa. “It is about the overall state of U.S.-Russia negotiations and legislation that Congress passed …

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