Russia has temporarily banned imports of all beef and pork products from the United States because of concerns over a steroid-based feed additive.
Ractopamine is used to speed livestock growth and produce leaner cuts of meat, United Press International reports. It’s been banned in 160 countries, but the U.S. continues to use the additive. Russia’s ban is a big economic hit for the U.S. meat industry, which claims that the additive is safe in small amounts.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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