WASHINGTON Feb 5 U.S. officials said on Tuesday
they had no reason to believe that U.S. chicken exports to
Russia were at risk of being halted because of Moscow's concern
about the feed additive ractopamine.
Russia has announced plans to ban imports of U.S. turkey,
beef and pork over the use of the additive.
"We have been informed by the Russian Veterinary Service
that Russia intends to ban imports of U.S. turkey meat and
prepared turkey products effective Feb. 11," in addition to
earlier announced bans on beef and pork that are effective on
the same date, Andrea Mead, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade
Representative's office, said in an email.
"USTR is working actively with USDA on this issue."
Mead said her understanding was that the latest decision on
U.S. turkey from Moscow did not also cover chicken.
Ractopamine is a growth stimulant used to make meat leaner.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved it for use in
beef, pork and turkey production, but not in chicken, a
spokeswoman for the agency said.
Some countries ban the additive because of concern that
trace elements could remain in the meat and cause health
The United Nations' food safety body, the Codex Alimentarius
Commission, in July found the additive had "no impact on human
health" if residue remains within recommended levels.
A media report on Tuesday said Russia's veterinary
surveillance agency, known as Rosselkhoznadzor, was carrying out
a probe of U.S. chicken to see if it contains any residue of the
(Reporting By Doug Palmer; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)