China seeks extra testing of US pork for feed additive
Updated: 2013-02-20 15:52
File photo of a man working in his shop selling pork products in Shanghai. [Photo / Agencies]
China wants a third party to verify beginning March 1 that US pork shipped to the country is free of a feed additive used to promote lean muscle growth, a US Meat Export Federation spokesman told Reuters.
The step comes on the heels of Russia barring imports of US meat worth $550 million a year due to the same feed additive.
Officials from the China's quarantine bureau, which oversees the safety of food imports, declined to make immediate comment, while a spokesman said the country's commerce ministry was unaware of the move.
There was concern that China's requirement for third-party testing could hurt US pork exports to the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, valued at $886 million last year.
"We have just been notified (by US suppliers) and are checking details with the quarantine authorities," said a trader with a large State-owned pork importer in China.
The quarantine bureau in May rejected a consignment of US pork after tests found traces of the drug.