Update: Reports of ASF in Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe

African swine fever (ASF) is making its way into Eastern Europe.

Russian authorities have reported a new ASF outbreak in the region of Primorsk, next to the border with China, Reuters reported.

Last week, other sources reported an outbreak in Volgograd Oblast, in a backyard farm of 14 pigs — four of which died […]

Internationally, swine industry works to prevent the spread of African swine fever

China, producer of nearly half of the world’s pork supply, is the latest country to be affected by an ongoing epidemic of African swine fever (ASF) virus.

The viral strain circulating China is believed to be Georgia 2007, named for the country and year it first appeared in. From Georgia, this strain spread through the […]

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Study: Washing Utensils Between Uses Important for Safer Produce – Food Safety News Poor hygiene and improper food preparation can lead to foodborne illnesses at home. The first step of the […]

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US, EU farmers feel hit from Russia food ban – Daily World

Russian diners will not be able to find creamy Dutch cheeses or juicy Polish apples in the […]

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Ractopamine talks leave U.S. and Russia in a stalemate – The Pig Site

The two countries have slated another round of talks over ractopamine for Wednesday.

For a statement […]

Russia to increase ractopamine restrictions on Canada

Russia is set to further restrict Canadian meat imports over the feed additive ractopamine.

Since the measures first were announced in December, Canada still had been able to export small amounts of meat that was free of ractopamine to Russia. However, the new restrictions could severely impact meat exports to Russia, including about $15 million […]

Russia to U.S.: To resume imports, provide ractopamine details

In the wake of import restrictions on U.S. turkey, beef and pork products, Russia has requested information on monitoring programs for the feed additive ractopamine.

Russia wants a “full description” on how the U.S. monitors for ractopamine, including sensitivity information, limit of detection and how often the studies are conducted, Russian veterinary and phytosanitary agency […]

Chinese ractopamine rules go into effect

Starting today, companies that export pork from the U.S. to China must provide documentation certifying the products are free of the feed additive ractopamine.

The new requirements follow import restrictions imposed on U.S. beef, pork and turkey by Russia in February.

Ractopamine is used to promote lean muscle growth in cows, pigs and turkeys. It […]

As senators push for action on Russian import restrictions, China looks at ractopamine

A group of U.S. senators have called on U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to quickly resolve a Russian ban on U.S. pork, beef and turkey products because of a disagreement over the feed additive ractopamine.

Earlier this month, Russia enacted import restrictions on the products over concerns they may contain ractopamine, a feed additive that […]

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 […]