Some countries ban US meat

American meat producers may soon have to find new purchasers for their products, as many countries are banning the procurement of pork, beef and turkey from the United States. 

Animals raised for food in the U.S. are often given feed that contains the chemical ractopamine, which spurs growth and makes meat leaner. However, traces of this chemical remain once the animal has been slaughtered and sent to market, a major concern for countries that have not approved it for human consumption. The European Union and China won't allow ractopamine to enter their food supply chain, and Russia has recently joined this group of countries, much to the dismay of many American food producers who will now need to find new purchasers to sell all of their products.

Russian markets will now require food producers prove their meat is not raised on the drug and will require imports to be certified as ractopamine-free. While officials claim their goal is to protect consumers from the questionable safety of this chemical, many in the U.S. are skeptical of this explanation, according to Food Safety News. The source revealed that Russia's new ban of U.S. meat will prohibit $500 million in American exports from reaching the country. 

This could turn into a major issue for American meat producers, especially those that relied on foreign markets to boost their sales. However, it could also cause problems for purchasers at the other end of the supply chain. Those companies that relied on purchasing meat from America could now face higher prices if their suppliers decide to go through the expensive process of having products certified as ractopamine-free and find greater cost savings can be found by purchasing from domestic producers. Others may have no choice but to find a new meat supplier, as some U.S. companies may not want to have their meat certified and instead focus on sales in other markets. 

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  1. "Some countries ban US meat" and they are smart to do so.Just look at how many tainted horses we export for the world populations to eat. Everyone with a brain knows how toxic horse meat is but yet the killers have no problem with how many children the poison, so how safe is any of the other food we export?

    Horse meat is unfit for humans to eat. Food and Chemical Toxicology, Volume 48, Issue 5, May 2010, Pages 1270-1274
    Association of phenylbutazone usage with horses bought for slaughter: A public health risk
    Nicholas Dodman, Nicolas Blondeau, Ann M. Marini
    I have always said they don’t care how many people they poison as long as they make a buck.
    Here is the first warning to a horse killer from the FDA for falsified EID and the horse was positive for bute.
    Horse Owner Survey Shows NSAID Use Trends
    In a recent survey, 96% of respondents said they used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to control the joint pain and inflammation in horses, and 82% administer them without always consulting their veterinarian. More than 1,400 horse owners and trainers were surveyed to better understand attitudes toward NSAIDs, in a project sponsored by Merial, the maker of Equioxx (firocoxib).
    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - prohibited as well Phenylbutazone, known as "bute," is a veterinary drug only label-approved by the Food & Drug Administration for use by veterinarians in dogs and horses. It has been associated with debilitating conditions in humans and it is absolutely not permitted for use in food-producing animals. USDA/FSIS has conducted a special project to for this drug in selected bovine slaughter plants under federal inspection. An earlier pilot project by FSIS found traces less than 3% of the livestock selected for testing, sufficient cause for this special project. There is no tolerance for this drug in food-producing livestock, and they and their by-products are condemned when it is detected. Dairy producers must not use this drug in food-producing livestock and if it is found, those producers will be subject to FDA investigation and possible prosecution.

  2. Once again, you merely have to read Nancy Deville's acclaimed book Death By Supermarket to truly understand the reasoning behind this decision . . . the rise of of obesity and chronic illnesses did not happen by chance!