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Russia to restrict Canadian meat imports

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TORONTO -- Russia is set to impose restrictions on its meat imports next week, a move that's being watched by pork and cattle producers in Canada.

The guidelines, which will be unveiled Monday, are expected to be related to concerns over the use of the feed additive ractopamine in Canadian livestock. Ractopamine is used to create lean meat, and has been banned in several countries, including South Korea and Taiwan.

Health Canada had ruled it is safe for consumption, following a thorough evaluation, including a human health risk assessment. However, Russia has restricted the import of Canadian meats that contain the additive since December and is anticipated to tighten the regulations further.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the government is "disappointed" in Russia. "We continue to work aggressively with Canadian industry to restore their access into the important Russian market."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 6, 2013 A13

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