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China Halts Some U.S. Pork Imports over Feed Additive

Posted August 13, 2014

Under International Trade Issues


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

China currently requires third party verification that U.S. 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 Foodsplants 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. Read more here.