Effective Aug. 13, six U.S. pork plants and six cold storage facilities lost their eligibility to ship pork and pork products to China. Details of these plant delistings were posted in the Export Library for China earlier this week.
An Aug.11 notice from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) to the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Agricultural Affairs in Beijing indicates that the decision to delist the plants resulted from findings of ractopamine residues.
While the action taken by China does not exclude U.S. pork from the market, it is a severe setback for companies planning to start exports under the new ractopamine residue-free certification requirements for China that took effect July 1. These requirements were explained in more detail in the June 13 Export Newsline.