USMEF has recently heard from exporters concerned about ractopamine testing in Chile, and has conveyed these concerns to USDA. Chile has adopted the Codex maximum residue levels (MRLs) for ractopamine in beef and pork. Exporters should not be asked to provide testing results when presenting imports for inspection, but regional offices in Chile randomly monitor, at their expense, levels of ractopamine residue in imported shipments from all sources.
Please note that any shipments testing above the Codex MRLs for ractopamine will be rejected. USMEF has also received reports of shipments being improperly detained at certain ports. If any products are detained, the importer should contact the corresponding Seremi de Salud office. Export certification for beef and pork remains the same as currently listed in the FSIS Export Library for Chile.
USMEF will report further on this issue as more information becomes available. If you have questions, please email Cheyenne Dixon or call 303-623-6328.