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China suspends imports of Iowa pork, cites leanness additive

BEJING – China has announced export suspensions for six major U.S. pork plants and six cold storage facilities based on the country’s ractopamine-free requirements.

Meatingplace reports a notice this week from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Agricultural Affairs in Beijing indicates that the de-listings are due to findings of ractopamine, a leanness additive that promotes muscle growth.

Pork from Tyson Fresh Meats in Perry and Storm Lake, Iowa, has been banned, along with Tyson’s facility in Logansport, Indiana. The other locations are Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minesota; Triumph Foods in St. Joseph, Missouri; and Hormel Foods Corporation of Fremont, Nebraska. The cold storage facilities banned include Cloverleaf Cold Storage of Fairmont Minnesota; Frozen Assets Cold Storage of Chicago, Illinois; Nor-Am Cold Storage of St Joseph, Missouri; Millard Refrigerated Services in Edwardsville, Kansas; Hanson Cold Storage Company of Logansport, Indiana; and Americold Logistics LLC of Freemont, Nebraska.