MOSCOW, June 18 (Reuters) - Russia has banned pork imports from a Brazilian enterprise owned by BRF SA after detecting the feed additive ractopamine in shipments, the country’s veterinary and phytosanitary service said on Wednesday.
“In order to block supplies of unsafe products to the Russian market, Rosselkhoznadzor is imposing temporary restrictions on supplies of products from BRF SA enterprise 3681, starting June 19,” the regulator said in a statement.
Russia banned most meat imports from the United States and Canada early last year because of concerns over the use of ractopamine. Supplies from Brazil were restricted in 2011 because of concerns related to its safety monitoring system.
Imports from the United States and Brazil partially resumed earlier this year.
Ractopamine is a growth stimulant used to make meat leaner, but is banned in Russia and some other countries because of health concerns. (Reporting By Polina Devitt, Writing by Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Kevin Liffey, Greg Mahlich)