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Exporters must deal with zero tolerance for ractopamine

Reuters — Canada is not developing new tests for the feed additive ractopamine in beef and pork exports to Russia, says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

He said Ottawa is leaving it to shippers to take their own steps to satisfy the new Russian requirement for zero residue.

The Canada Pork International marketing group said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has provided meat processors with testing guidelines. However, a spokesman said the government is only making exporters aware of Russia’s requirements.

Brazil recently issued a temporary ban on ractopamine and other beta blockers that promote muscle growth in animals such as pigs and cattle because it fears being shut out of its largest beef importer, Russia.

The ban will be in effect until a segregation system can be set up for beef and pork destined for markets where ractopamine is banned.

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