US claims that the livestock feed additive ractopamine is safe are not convincing, Russia’s chief state sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said on Tuesday.
The United States has called on Russia to immediately lift its ban on imports of U.S. meat products over America’s use of the feed additive ractopamine.
A Russian ban on U.S. beef, pork and turkey imports coming into effect this month of February 11, is likely to last for a long time, Gennady Onishchenko, the head of Russia's consumer safety watchdog, was quoted as saying by Interfax on Monday.
Specialists from Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor will visit Georgia "in about a week" to discuss the resumption of access to the Russian market for Georgian wine suppliers, Rospotrebnadzor chief Gennady Onishchenko said on Monday.
Russia has imposed a temporary ban on US meat starting in February. The restrictions were enacted after the US Veterinary Service failed to meet regulations for levels of ractopamine, which stimulates muscle tissue growth.