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US-Russia Stalemate in Talks over Ractopamine

19 August 2013

RUSSIA/US - Russia and the US are to hold further talks in a bid to open up the Russian market to American meat and poultry products that have been closed because of concerns over the use of the beta-agonist Ractopamine.

In talks last week between the Russian veterinary and food safety authority, Rosselkhoznador and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Russian delegation expressed concerns that the US had still not taken sufficient action to guatrantee inspections of the meat and poultry products and that exports would not be contaminated with Ractopamine or other illegal drugs.

Rosselkhoznador is concerned that the inspections and sampling are being left to the exporting companies and are not being conducted by FSIS.

Rosselkhoznador want a programme to guarantee that livestock and poultry are not fed feed containing Ractopamine or other beta-agonists.

The dispute centres on exports of turkey products to Russia.

The US has set out a programme of inspections and sampling that it says will guarantee that Ractopamine is not used.

Because of the divide between the Russian and the US, further talks have been set for this week on 21 August in an effort to settle the dispute.

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