A Canadian shipment of pig feet to China, produced by Olymel LP, has tested positive for residues of banned growth drug ractopamine and may curb future trade, Canadian government and industry officials said. China views the tainted shipment as a “systemic failure” of Canada’s program that certifies pork sent to China is free of ractopamine, and the situation “could affect future pork exports,” according to an e-mail to the industry from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)…Full Article: The Global Times May 2017

Key Points

  • On 26 May 2017, China’s AQSIQ notified the CFIA that a 27 metric ton shipment of frozen ham hocks [aka pork knuckles] and pig’s feet [aka pig’s trotters] contained ractopamine.
  • In 2015, China detected ractopamine in a shipment of Canadian pork. As a result, various Canadian pork processing plants were not allowed to supply China.

ChinaAg Comments

  • Ractopamine is a leanness-enhancing feed additive that increases the muscle mass and reduces the fat content of meat.
  • In October 2015, China announced it would lift a ractopamine-inspired ban on 14 American pork plants. 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 August 2014, China partially banned US pork imports due to the feed additive ractopamine. The ban covered six US cold storage facilities and six US processing plants including those from Tyson Foods (3 plants), Hormel Foods (1 plant), Triumph Foods (1 plant), and Quality Pork Processors (1 plant).
  • In February 2013, China announced they wanted third party verification that US pork imports did not contain ractopamine.

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