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China Puts U.S. on Notice Over Pork Shipments

by 5m Editor
15 August 2007, at 2:36pm

US - China has sent the U.S. notices regarding pork shipments that may have contained ractopamine, a swine growth promoter used in the U.S. but banned in China, a U.S. Agriculture Department official said on Wednesday.

"We did receive some notices from them last night or this morning and so we're kind of going through that information," said Laura Reiser, a spokeswoman with USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service.

Reiser said China sends USDA a notice when it finds a banned substance in a meat shipment, letting the U.S. know what action it plans to take. In the past it has either delisted the plant that produced the meat -- which means it will not buy from that plant -- or issued a warning.

There were rumors in the U.S. livestock markets Wednesday that China has delisted some U.S. pork plants.

Source: CNBC

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