U.S. urges Russia to open up access to U.S. meat to Russia

In a joint statement issued on Saturday, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk talks and the country's Minister of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said that the Russian authorities on the import of U.S. meat contrary to the obligations of the Russian Federation, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

This statement was made after the Russian veterinary authorities have demanded that imported meat products contain a certificate confirming their lack of applicable U.S. and Canadian ractopamine,

"The United States is deeply concerned by the fact that Russia has taken these actions, which seem to be inconsistent with its obligations as a WTO member, — stated in the document. — U.S. calls on Russia to suspend the effect of these new measures and to restore access to [its] market to U.S. beef and pork ".

Russian trade representative in the U.S. Rinat Dosmukhamedov commenting the statement made by the U.S. side, said that the resumption of deliveries of U.S. meat to Russia impossible as long as the authorized Russian authorities are not convinced that the products are perfectly safe. "For us it is a matter of national security — he said. — We are talking about the health of our people."

The dispute arose after the Russian veterinary authorities have demanded that imported meat products contain a certificate confirming their lack of ractopamine — a stimulator of muscle growth of animals used in the U.S. and Canada, in particular, in order to get more lean and save on feed. Its use is fraught with side effects, the CPS has officially announced this in October 2012, and the American side of the appropriate warnings passed earlier. The latter fact is a refutation of the current attempts to link the American industrial lobby Russia's position on the issue of the recent vote in the U.S. Senate on the so-called "Magnitsky Act". "There is no political motive for the Russian attitude to the use of ractopamine was not," — said Rinat Dosmukhamedov.

Earlier, Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Russia Gennady Onishchenko said. that the requirement that the Russian side about to deliver to Russia pork and beef did not contain a feed additive ractopamine, dictated not by politics, and food safety. Commenting on the approval of the American Federation of analysts to export meat that such requirements are part of the Russian political retribution for the adoption by the U.S. Senate, "Magnitsky Act", the head of Rospotrebnadzor said that "to date the use of ractopamine banned in 160 countries, including 27 countries in the EU and China ".

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