China, the world’s largest pork consumer, will soon resume imports from 14 US pork plants and warehouses, after halting some shipments last year over the use of a feed additive, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said over the weekend. The USDA did not provide a date on which China will resume the imports. China’s decision will “mean a significant boost in sales for American pork producers,” the USDA said on Friday (US time) [23 October 2015]. The agency noted “China’s recognition of strong regulatory controls and the high quality of US pork.”…Full Article: The Global Times Oct 2015
- The 14 US pork plants include eight cold storage facilities and six processing plants that do not use the banned (in China) feed additive ractopamine, a leanness enhancing drug. The original ban curtailed import of pork products from by Tyson Foods Inc and Hormel Foods Corp.
- In 2014, mainland China imported 117,145 MTs of pork meat products from the USA. At the same time, Hong Kong imported 15,733 MTs of pork meat products from the USA.
- In February 2013, China announced they wanted third party verification that US pork imports did not contain ractopamine.