Russia to restrict U.S. turkey, along with beef and pork

U.S. turkey and turkey products will soon join the list of products facing Russian import restrictions.

Temporary restrictions on the import of U.S. turkey and turkey products will begin Feb. 11 over concerns the birds may contain ractopamine, a feed additive that helps enhance growth, Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance service Rosselkhoznador announced earlier this week.

Earlier this month, Russia also implemented import restrictions on U.S. beef and pork.

U.S. manufacturers that export turkey to Russia do not use ractopamine, the U.S. National Turkey Federation and the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) said in a statement. They go on to say “all turkey meat and chicken broilers supplied from plants approved for export to the Russian Federation fully comply with Russia’s official veterinary and sanitary requirements.”

U.S. producers export roughly $300 million in poultry products to Russia annually, according to the federation.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a maximum residue limit (MRL) for ractopamine at 3o parts per billion (ppb) for beef and 50 ppb for pork. Last year, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which creates international food standards and guidelines, issued a ruling that set maximum residue limits for ractopamine (10 ppb for beef and pork).

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