Mexico to supply ractopamine-free pork to Russia

02-01-2013 | |
Mexico to supply ractopamine-free pork to Russia
Mexico to supply ractopamine-free pork to Russia

Mexico has followed Brazil’s example and officially confirmed that it will complying with Russian demands concerning the feed additive ractopamine in pork imports, promising that all products supplied, from now on, to the Custom Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) will be free from ractopamine

According to Sergei Dankvert, head of the Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, Mexico has agreed to strictly comply with the ractopamine-free pork requirment in meat shipments. The Canadians, on the other hand, first agreed to negotiations, but after holding talks with America are now hesitating.

He said “the Americans are not entering into negotiations, they have simply forbidden their veterinary service from entering into the process. One must understand that there the issue is being politicized, but not being resolved as it should be,” Dankvert said.

When asked about the outlook for the situation for pork and beef exports from the United States, he said there could be a repeat of the situation with exports of poultry treated with chlorine. In that case, certificates for imports of US poultry into Russia were not issued for six months.

“An absolutely similar situation is developing. The only thing I can’t understand: Over there, apparently, businesses, unlike ours, do not have a voice,” Dankvert said.

He also said that there should not be any pork or beef shortages due to the US position, as there is currently an oversupply of meat on the Russian market, especially pork. In addition, Spain and Denmark could increase shipments. “We currently have sufficient countries available to compensate,” Dankvert added.

Russia is hopeful that Canada will soon follow Mexico and Brazil.

Vladislav Vorotnikov Russian correspondent