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Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service, Rosselkhoznadzor, announced on November 20 that it will impose temporary restrictions on imports of Brazilian beef and pork as of December 1, 2017.
The decision has been taken as substances such as ractopamine and other muscular growth stimulants have been detected in Brazilian meat imports. "Unfortunately, Rosselkhoznadzor is obliged to say that, according to laboratory studies, banned growth stimulants were again detected in livestock products arriving in Russia from Brazil in 2017," says a statement.
Reportedly, Russian officials tried to "to regulate the situation and obtain reliable information from the Brazilian side," as per a proposal sent to Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture on November 16, but the dialogue has not been taken further.
Blairo Maggi, Brazil’s Agriculture Minister, said in a local news conference that Russia's beef and pork restrictions only concern some companies. According to Maggi, the use of the detected substance is allowed in Brazil, but prohibited in Russia and other European countries.