Prime Cuts, 11 November 2020

USDA Trade Undersecretary Ted McKinney says China has promised to consider lifting its zero tolerance policy on ractopamine residues in pork and beef.

“China indeed is moving forward on it,” he said. “They are dutifully going through the process, we have provided information in a very timely manner when it’s been asked of us, as has the provider of the information.”

When asked if China is likely to change their policy he said, “We’ll see where it goes, but they are certainly all the steps in the timeline they said they would”.

China’s move to reconsider its policy on ractopamine as part of the Phase one trade deal they have with the United States that was implemented in February.

Listen to the USDA broadcast here.