China plans to require increased testing of U.S. pork exports to verify that the meat is free of a banned feed additive, an industry group said Tuesday.
China, the world's biggest consumer of pork, intends to require U.S. exporters to show that a third party has independently confirmed that no ractopamine residue is present in meat, according to Joe Schuele, a spokesman for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, a nonprofit group that promotes exports. The new rule may take effect as soon as March 1, he said.
Ractopamine is permitted in the U.S., but China has a zero-tolerance policy for the medicated feed additive and has blocked shipments from the U.S. since 2005 because it has detected ractopamine residue in U.S. pork. Ractopamine is used to produce lean muscle in hogs instead of fat.
Tueday February 19, 2013/ Wall Street Journal/ United states.